The woman, who goes by the last name Trujillo, was deported April 19, 2017. She has spoken with her family by phone and video computer apps in the meantime. Her oldest son Oswaldo, then 14, told the Journal-News last year that authorities hadn’t allowed him to hug his mother the last time he was with her in person.
Her youngest daughter will turn 5 Thursday.
Kathleen Kersh, one of Trujillo’s lawyers, told the Journal-News in January that if the matter were to return for reconsideration, “we would absolutely make that argument, that she cannot possibly have her day in court, if she’s not even here (in the courtroom).”
Pucke said Maribel “is not doing well. The kids have had difficult times. Their father, in order to put food on the table, has to work, and his extended family is limited in what they can do. It does mean that the kids just don’t have as much time with their parents as they’d like to have, which worries Maribel.”
News also arrived Wednesday nationally that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order ending the practice of separating young children from their parents who sought to cross Mexican border into this country.
“As much as it’s really good that President Trump has decided to reverse his decision to separate families, the long-term question is what kind of bill will emerge from Congress concerning migration?” Pucke said.
“What I’m hoping for is legislation that, while protecting our borders, is couched in the spirit of this great poem on the Stature of Liberty,” Pucke said.
That’s Emma Lazarus’ work that says, “Give me your tired, your poor, our huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”