CINCINNATI (AP) — An immigration official says a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children living in southwest Ohio has been returned to Mexico.
Attorney Kathleen Kersh of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality says they are “disappointed and outraged” about the Wednesday deportation of Maribel Trujillo Diaz (MAHR’-uh-behl troo-HEE’-yoh DEE’-ahz).
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement statement says courts have “uniformly held” that she had no legal basis to remain. Immigration officials say she entered the country illegally in 2002.
She had been moved to an immigration detention center near Jena, Louisiana, after a federal appeals court on April 11 dismissed her bid for an emergency order. Faith leaders and community supporters had called for her to be reunited with her family in Butler County.
The Donald Trump administration has pledged stepped-up immigration enforcement.
This story has been corrected to clarify pronunciation of the woman’s name.