CINCINNATI – Attorneys have asked a federal appeals court to halt the deportation of a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children.
Attorneys are seeking the emergency action from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals for Maribel (MAHR'-uh-behl) Trujillo-Diaz (TROO'-hee-yoh-dee-AHZ'). She is facing imminent deportation.
Federal authorities contend Trujillo-Diaz entered the United States illegally in 2002 and has exhausted her appeals.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has appealed for mercy, saying she has made positive contributions to her church and community.
A spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he has urged immigration authorities to reconsider. A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says his office is trying to help "facilitate a solution."