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Court Rules Deported Mother Should Have Had Re-Hearing


Attorneys for a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children who was deported last year while claiming she was threatened by a drug cartel say they are "thrilled" with a court's order that U.S. immigration authorities reconsider the case.

Attorneys Kathleen Kersh and Emily Brown said in a statement that Wednesday's ruling by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is an important step toward bringing Maribel Trujillo Diaz back to the United States.  

A three-judge panel ruled the Board of Immigration Appeals shouldn't have rejected Diaz' motion to reopen removal proceedings based on new testimony about cartel threats to her and her family. She filed her motion just weeks before her 2017 deportation.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman declined to comment Wednesday on "pending litigation."

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