If the cruelty of detaining a ten-year-old as she recovers from an operation isn’t appalling enough, Rosa Maria Hernandez is now being treated as if her family doesn’t exist.
Elise Foley, Huffington Post: Border Agents Apprehend 10-Year-Old After Emergency Surgery
U.S. Border Patrol officers waited as a 10-year-old girl in Texas with cerebral palsy underwent emergency surgery and then detained her, after first discovering she was an undocumented immigrant at a checkpoint on her way to the hospital, according to immigrant rights advocates and her family.
The child, Rosa Maria Hernandez, was released from the hospital on Wednesday but can’t return home to her parents after her emergency gallbladder surgery, said Priscila Martinez of the Workers Defense Action Fund, who is in communication with the girl’s attorney and family. Instead, Hernandez was transferred from Corpus Christi to San Antonio and held by the government. She remained in custody as of late Wednesday afternoon. CONTINUE READING
Rafi Schwartz, Splinter: The Undocumented 10-Year-Old Detained After Surgery Is Being Treated Like Her Family Doesn’t Exist
If the cruelty of detaining a ten-year-old with a congenital disorder as she recovers from an operation isn’t appalling enough, a new report claims Hernandez is now being treated as if her family doesn’t exist.
According to the New York Times, Hernandez has been placed in a San Antonio-area detention facility typically used to house unaccompanied minors who cross into the United States without documentation. Hernandez, however, has been living with her parents—both undocumented—in Laredo, TX, just 150 miles away. CONTINUE READING
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