Mother of four deported to Mexico

Mother of four deported to Mexico
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A mother of four U.S.-born children was deported to Mexico on Wednesday morning.

An attorney for Maribel Trujillo Diaz said that she was put on a plane bound for Mexico after a weeklong detention at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) center in Louisiana.

"We are disappointed and outraged that ICE has chosen not to exercise prosecutorial discretion despite the thousands of calls and nationwide advocacy from community members, elected officials, and faith leaders,” said Kathleen Kersh, a lawyer with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, which represented Trujillo Diaz, in a statement.

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Trujillo Diaz, who came to the United States illegally in 2002, said she had fled Mexico to escape drug cartels and violence.

She applied for asylum twice, but both requests were denied. Immigration authorities said she had exhausted her appeals. A motion to reopen her asylum case is pending at the Board of Immigration Appeals, according to her attorney.

An ICE spokesman confirmed that Trujillo Diaz was deported to Mexico.

“Maribel Trujillo-Diaz was removed Wednesday by ICE to her home country,” a spokesman said in a statement to The Hill.

“Ms. Trujillo-Diaz’s immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of our nation’s legal system and the courts uniformly held that she had no legal basis to remain in the United States. In 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed her legal appeals and she became subject to a final order of deportation,” the spokesman added.

“In an exercise of discretion and prior to her removal, the agency had allowed Ms. Trujillo to remain free from custody with periodic reporting, while her immigration case was pending.”

Trujillo Diaz's case is one of several that have drawn national attention as the Trump administration steps up deportations. Democrats have denounced the moves, saying the administration is targeting nonviolent individuals and separating families.

"Maribel's deportation shows that the Trump administration is not focused on deporting criminals, but rather on separating peaceful mothers from their American children,” her attorney said. “It is horrific that American children will be the ones to pay the price for these heartless policies."

Trujillo Diaz's case reportedly led to vigils and protests in Ohio, where she lived. Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), also expressed concerns with the action last week, according to The Associated Press.

Trujillo Diaz’s family thanked everyone who has been working on their behalf through their attorneys.

"Maribel's family is understandably devastated by her deportation and asks that everyone respect their privacy at this time.”

This story was updated at 2:54 p.m.