17 months after deportation, Maribel Trujillo-Diaz back home in Fairfield

17 months after deportation, Maribel Trujillo-Diaz back home in Fairfield

Maribel Trujillo-Diaz is back in the United States 17 months after her high-profile deportation.

The mother of four from Fairfield was deported to Mexico in April 2017.

Her asylum case has been reopened. An immigration judge in Cleveland on Wednesday set her master calendar hearing for summer 2019. Trujillo-Diaz will be allowed to stay with her family until the hearing.

"She’s in shock," said one of her attorneys, Kathleen Kersh, of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Dayton, Ohio.

Trujillo-Diaz returned Sept. 10 to the United States from Mexico and was held in several detention centers before appearing for a bond hearing in Cleveland, also held Wednesday. The judge granted the lowest bond, $1,500, which her family was able to pay, and Trujillo-Diaz was allowed to return home.

"She’s not her permanently. She has a pending asylum case," said Kersh, who drove Trujillo-Diaz home to Fairfield. She’s excited."

She knocked on the door of her home. Her older son greeted her and wrapped her in a hug. Then her younger rushed out and did the same."As you could imagine, there were tears everywhere," Kersh said. "She has been catching up on a lot of mom things, cooking dinner, taking the kids to school."Here’s how it happened:A federal appeals court in Cincinnati in January ordered U.S. immigration officials to reconsider evidence in the case. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals should not have rejected the motion filed to stop her removal.In May, her removal […]


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