President Trump's executive order targeting undocumented immigrants has affected another family.
Maribel Trujillo Diaz was residing in Fairfield, Ohio with her four American-born children and husband when Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) detained her on April 5.
The 42-year-old came to the US from Michoacán, Mexico, in 2002.
She moved after her family was targeted by Mexican cartels when they refused to work for them.
ICE initially detailed her in 2007, but Trujillo was granted "prosecutorial discretion" after her community rallied for
her to stay in the US. She was
instructed to check-in regularly with ICE, according to a statement from the
Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Although deportation proceedings began against Trujillo in 2014, she wasn't targeted by ICE under the Obama administration because she has no criminal record.
But Trump's executive order – which allows ICE to deport any undocumented immigrant regardless of their criminal history – made the mother a "priority" for removal.
In February, at one of her check-ins, ICE
ordered her to wear a GPS tracking device on her ankle and was warned that she
could be deported, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian also reported that an ICE official told her lawyer:
"I don't know if you are aware but we have a new president, things are different now."
On April 3, Trujillo was allegedly told that she could stay in the US while her asylum case is pending. However, two days later, ICE officials detained her as she was getting ready for work.
She wasn't able to say goodbye to her four children — two of whom have physical disabilities. Her youngest child, 3-year-old Daniela, has recurring seizures while 10-year-old Gustavo is pre-diabetic. Trujillo gives special attention to both and is the main provider for her family.
She has a work permit that is still valid, according to WCPO.
She told The Guardian:
"I don't understand the reason to separate my family. I have no criminal record. I'm here working to support my family, so that my kids can study and have a better life for themselves."
Trujillo can’t imagine leaving her children behind but she also doesn’t want to put them in danger.
does President Trump want to divide my family and make me leave my kids behind –
what are they going to without their mama?”
she said. More than a year ago, her father was kidnapped by the Knights Templar
drug cartel while other family members were given death threats.
ICE released a statement about the case.
According to public radio WVXU, it said:
“Mirabel Trujillo’s immigration case has undergone review at multiple levels of our nation’s legal system and the courts have uniformly held that she has 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.”