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Undocumented immigrant convicted of theft deported

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 17:07:52-04

WACO, TX — An undocumented immigrant convicted of a Class A misdemeanor for theft has been deported to Mexico.

On Friday, a McLennan County jury found Estela Fajardo guilty of buying stolen goods worth between $750 to $2,500.

The class A misdemeanor is punishable for up to one year in jail. Fajardo had already been at both of the Waco jails for three years.

Fajardo filed a sexual assault lawsuit against a guard during her time at the Jack Harwell Detention Center.

On Monday night, Waco Immigrants Alliance Executive Director Hope Mustakim said the businesswoman and mother of four who has lived in Waco for more than 30 years, was deported to Mexico.

The group has supported her before and after the trial.

"Pray that we can figure out housing and things line up for her there, that her kids are able to visit soon, and that she would have clarity on what to do with her businesses, property, and home here," Mustakim said.

On Sunday, the group asked supporters to call U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to give Fajardo the chance to see an immigration judge.

Mustakim said her immigration attorney had applied for an emergency stay of removal.

A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency would release a statement on the matter on Wednesday. However, he said he could not confirm Fajardo's deportation in the meantime.