Maribel Trujillo Diaz set to be deported today

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 10:21:53-04

CINCINNATI -- Time is almost up for Maribel Trujillo Diaz.

The mother of four, who had been living in Fairfield, is set to be deported back to Mexico Wednesday. She has been living in the U.S. since 2002, when she entered the country illegally.

Her legal team has filed one last request to exercise prosecutorial discretion and delay the deportation with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

"Under the Obama administration, under the Bush administration there have been thousands of cases where ICE has exercised prosecutorial discretion against people who had removal orders like Maribel does, and so we don't think that it would really be a departure from the norm in doing that for her in this case," her attorney, Emily Brown, said.

Supporters also organized an at Carthage Christian Church Tuesday night.

"It is to pray first and foremost for Maribel Trujillo and her family, but also to help the community with our communcal lament around all the frustrations about our broken system that leads to broken families," Rev. Alan Dicken of the AMOS Project said.

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Other supporters have taken to Twitter in an effort to get Ivanka Trump to convince her father, President Donald Trump, to stop the deportation.

"We're using (#freemaribel) at Ivanka Trump, who claims to be an advocate for women who work, and we want to see her live into that promise," Dicken said. "Maribel is a woman who works, who provides for her family, who is in this country with a valid work permit through July and, if she's going to advocate for women who work, that includes Maribel."

Dicken said this deportation is an immoral decision.

"We, as people of faith, believe that we need to advocate for the moral law, for God's law, and that takes higher precedent over what may be human laws," he said.

On last week's "Hear Cincinnati" podcast, host Maxim Alter talked with a leader of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, who has been working closely with Trujillo's family. He breaks down what happened before she was detained, what her options were to obtain citizenship and what happens when she's deported. Listen below (starts at 15:40):