“The Trump Administration has repeatedly announced that its approach towards immigration enforcement would focus on public safety and removing criminal elements from our communities,” according to the statement. “Today, we plea to our political leaders and law enforcement to live up to that” in Trujillo’s case.
The statement further adds: “Last year, when Maribel was close to deportation, thousands of Catholic faithful and other supporters throughout Butler County and Cincinnati sent letters, pleading for her to stay. Immigration officials then responded by granting her prosecutorial discretion, considering her too low of a priority and no threat to public safety. Maribel has been reporting regularly since then to ICE, as instructed. At her check-in appointment on Monday, she was told that she could remain at home as her asylum case was further reviewed. Suddenly yesterday (April 5), ICE arrived at her brother’s house as she prepared to go to work, taking her into custody for imminent deportation without having the chance to say goodbye to all her children. This is cruel and unacceptable.”