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Catholic Archdiocese pleads: Don’t send a mother who fled drug cartels back to Mexico

April 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Catholic Archdiocese pleads: Don’t send a mother who fled drug cartels back to Mexico

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Immigration officials set to deport Maribel Trujillo-Diaz back to Mexico

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is urging U.S. immigration officials to show compassion for Maribel Trujillo-Diaz, a detained Catholic mom with a special needs child, who left Mexico when drug cartels began to torment her family.

The archdiocese stated that Maribel Trujillo-Diaz has a pending asylum case, with no criminal record, and is responsible for taking her of her four children, one of whom has a disability that causes seizures and requires special care.

“We urge our elected and administrative officials exercise mercy,” the archdiocese stated on April 6th.

Trujillo-Diaz fled Mexico back in 2002. She came illegally into the U.S. but has a pending asylum case because violent Mexican drug cartels targeted her family.

Maribel Trujillo-Diaz pictured here with her family

The woman and her relatives refused to work for a drug cartel. Her father was abducted by the cartel last year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We respect the Department of Homeland Security’s duty to enforce immigration laws, and we recognize that this is not an easy task,” the archdiocese stated. “However. it is clear that the common good can’t be served by separating this wife and mother from her family.”

Trujillo-Diaz frequently reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. At her April 3rd meeting, she was told she could stay at home because her case was being reviewed.

ICE officials arrived at her brother’s home on April 5th as she was getting ready for work and detained her for immediate deportation.

Maribel Trujillo-Diaz is now set for deportation after an appeals court blocked a lower court ‘s stay.

The Cincinnati archdiocese referred to her detention “cruel and unacceptable,” calling the woman “a devoted wife and mother and outstanding member of her church and community.”

“Maribel has made a life based on positive contributions to her church and her community. She has no criminal history,” the archdiocese stated. “She is a leader at her parish, whose members are surrounding her with prayers that she is permitted to stay with them and her family.”

Community members protest Monday, April 10, 2017, in Cincinnati against the deportation of Maribel Trujillo Diaz.

“Maribel’s children are all U.S. citizens,” the archdiocese added. “Her 3-year-old daughter has recurring seizures and requires attention and care from her mother.”

Kathleen Kersh, Trujillo-Diaz’s attorney, said she is the only person who can care for her the child because she received medical training to treat seizures. Additionally, another one her children is suffering from early-onset diabetes.

A spokesperson with the ICE said the woman’s appeal attempts had been exhausted.

“Trujillo’s immigration case has undergone review at multiple levels of the legal system, and the courts have held that she has no legal basis to remain in the U.S.,” the spokesperson stated.

Trujillo-Diaz became subjected to deportation in 2014 when the Board of Immigration Appeals rejected her appeals. In 2016, her attorney filed a motion to re-hear her case due to her father’s abduction.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is set to deport Maribel Trujillo Diaz

Immigration officials last year said that she was low priority and was no threat to public safety.

Her attorney said that at her March 6th appointment, officials hinted that they would seek deportation.

“This is what they said: ‘We have a new president now. I don’t know if you are aware’,” Kersh said. “I think the Trump administration is looking at numbers and not for those people who are criminals or are a threat to public safety.”

In a letter written by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, he spoke out on behalf of Trujillo-Lopez.

“Our church and our community gain nothing by being left with a single-parent household when such a well-respected family can be kept together,” he stated.

The archdiocese is asking residents to call U.S. Senator Rob Portman at (614)-469-6774 and Governor John Kasich (614) 466-3555  to ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cease the woman’s deportation.

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