President Donald Trump has attempted to assuage critics of his immigration policy by claiming that only dangerous criminals are being targeted for deportation. The reality, however, has proved different from the rhetoric. According to The Washington Post’s Maria Sacchetti, 5,441 undocumented immigrants with no criminal record were apprehended by ICE between January and mid-March — including one 42-year-old Ohio mother who was sent back to Mexico alone, separated from her husband and children.
Maribel Trujillo Diaz said that she illegally crossed the border in 2002 with her husband, but that she had done so in order to escape retribution from gangs who had kidnapped her brother, her father, and extorted her mother.
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“I know it wasn’t right to enter the country like I did without documents,” she told the Post, “But I have not committed any crimes. I was working to get ahead for my kids.”
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