However, she is still at risk of deportation since the U. Since President Donald Trump took office, he has authorized and empowered federal immigration agents to go after suspected undocumented immigrants, regardless of the severity of their crimes. She says the border patrol agents had the discretion to let the child go. Some people are up in arms over 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez being detained by Border Patrol after coming out of an emergency surgery in Texas. We need to stand with Rosa Maria Hernandez and stop her from being treated like a dangerous criminal. The doctor also suggested that Rosa Maria be discharged to her family so that she can continue her medical care with her primary care physician in Laredo.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Rod Kise issued a statement to the Caller-Times early Wednesday that states Rosa Maria is no exception to the agency's duty to enforce immigration law. They are taking care of her. Rosa Maria Hernandez, who is in the country without documents, was en route to a hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery in Corpus Christi when federal agents first detained and held her Oct. Federal agents waited outside her hospital room as she recovered from the surgery. Once inside the hospital, the agents waited outside of her room, with the intent of detaining her after her procedure. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the U.
The ambulance was escorted by Customs and Border Protection agents from an immigration checkpoint in Freer. And even if they do release her, she will have to undergo processing and could end up being deported. Those people include her U. De La Cruz is in Laredo. Once released, agents transported the little girl to a shelter in San Antonio, where migrant children are held without their parents.
Leticia Gonzalez, an attorney for the Hernandez family, said Thursday that Rosa Maria was taken with a cousin from the Texas border city of Laredo to a children's hospital in Corpus Christi, about 150 miles 240 kilometers away. A sick 10-year-old girl should not be a priority. Her parents are both in the United States illegally and came with Rosa Maria to the U. But these lesser-known interior checkpoints — set up within 100 miles of the border — have also appeared to terrorize communities of color and prevented many immigrants from traveling northwards. Gonzalez said that Rosa Maria's doctors have recommended that she be released to a relative because of her illness. The reason they sent Rosa to the hospital with a cousin is because the cousin is a U.
The Mexican Consulate has been advised of the situation by Laredo Sector Border Patrol. Nobody should be worried about facing deportation while receiving life-saving medical attention. Customs and Border Protection confirmed its agents had escorted Rosa Maria from a checkpoint to the hospital. The case is reminiscent of a September incident in which a man and woman in the U. Agents agreed to let her proceed to the hospital, but several armored cars followed the ambulance, and armed agents waited outside the room while Hernandez underwent surgery and recovered from the procedure. This is a perfect example of the callousness of the Trump administration.
Tamayo of Laredo issued Oct. The case is reminiscent of a September incident in which a man and woman in the U. Hernandez's cousin Aurora Cantu — an American citizen — was there, and says after emergency gall bladder surgery, agents pressured the Hernandez family to transfer her to a Mexican hospital, but they declined. Leticia, who spoke on Oct. The girl's mother and immigration advocates confirmed that immigration agents Wednesday night took Hernandez to a San Antonio facility that houses immigrant children who arrive alone in the U.
One area lawmaker issued a statement to the Caller-Times on the matter. Please sign this petition demanding that she be released and allowed to remain in the U. They brought Rosa Maria to the U. And while the Border Patrol agents did allow Rosa and her cousin to pass, they followed their car all the way to the hospital. The girl is now at a detention facility in San Antonio, waiting to be processed.
Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, also issued a statement on the matter via Twitter. So agents took Rosa Maria into custody. Attorney Alex Galvez confirmed Friday that Rosa Maria Hernandez has been released to her family. Tuesday morning, Rosa Maria Hernandez was being rushed by ambulance to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christie. Rosa Maria was en route to her family in Laredo on Friday, but her release is not the end of the situation, Galvez said. Immigration advocates are protesting Rosa Maria Hernandez's case and say Border Patrol should show more discretion in the cases of sick children who are in the U.