CINCINNATI — A Mexican mother of four U.S. citizens who was deported despite claims of threats by a Mexican drug cartel has returned to the United States.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a judge last week allowed Maribel Trujillo Diaz (MAHR'-uh-behl TROO'-hee-yoh dee'-AHZ) to return to the Ohio city of Fairfield after family members paid her $1,500 bond while she awaits her asylum hearing.

Her attorney, Kathleen Kersh, says there were "tears everywhere" when Trujillo Diaz returned to Ohio for the first time since her April 2017 deportation.

An appeals court ordered immigration officials to reconsider the case after finding the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals shouldn't have rejected her motion to reopen removal proceedings.

She can now stay with her U.S.-born children until her hearing scheduled for the summer of 2019.