In a stark warning to those who would cross the US-Mexico border illegally, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quoted last week saying, “When you are caught, you will be detained, adjudicated and deported…Do not come unlawfully…Wait your turn.”
The Trump administration’s more aggressive stance toward illegal immigration has had its effect nationally with a jump in arrests and deportations of those who are in the US illegally.
This more aggressive stance toward enforcing immigration laws has also had its effect locally here in the Cincinnati area, resulting in a deportation case that dominated the local news and even gained national and international coverage.
The case in question involved the deportation of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz, a citizen of Mexico who entered the US illegally in 2002, was arrested in 2007, and spent the next ten years fighting deportation. In the end, she lost her case and was deported to Mexico this past Wednesday.
In following the local news coverage of this case over the past few weeks, it became apparent that Trujillo-Diaz’ case involved many of the same issues that color the immigration debate nationally. As such, it is worth examining the circumstances surrounding her case in some detail. It is this author’s belief that doing so will serve to shed light on the broader immigration debate.