A three-judge panel at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Trujillo’s petition for an emergency stay of removal Tuesday afternoon, clearing the way for federal authorities to transport her back to Mexico.
Trujillo’s attorney Emily Brown said they decided not to appeal the full Sixth Circuit; rather, Brown said she “(hoped) ICE will use its discretion to do the right thing and not deport (Trujillo).”
Trujillo’s attorney said she hopes statements by Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich on Trujillo’s behalf may motivate ICE to halt the deportation.
Martinez said one of Trujillo’s children — her youngest daughter — has special needs. It is unclear if she will be able to go to Mexico with her mother, he said.
“Removals from Louisiana do not involve minors,” Martinez said. “If Trujillo is unable to return with her daughter, a member of the consulate can accompany (the child) to Mexico once her mother is there and ready to receive her.”
Trujillo said she originally fled Mexico because drug cartels targeted her family.