Recently, a 10 year-old girl, Rosa Maria Hernandez, was apprehended by Border Patrol authorities at a children’s hospital in Texas following emergency gallbladder surgery. Agents pulled over her ambulance on the way to the hospital and followed them there, staying for the duration of her surgery and hospital stay, after which they took her to a facility for migrant children who come across the U.S. border without their parents.
Rosa Maria was told:
‘she has two options; sign voluntary departure or spend up to 3 weeks in detention.’
According to NPR:
‘Rosa Maria Hernandez was brought to the United States illegally from Mexico in 2007 when she was 3 months old, according to her mother, Felipa de la Cruz, to get access to better medical care. The family lives in Laredo, Texas, and all are undocumented.’
Many people shared their outrage on Twitter:
On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. The deadline for immigration authorities to release the child was 3:00 p.m., and the child was still in custody at that time, so the ACLU went ahead and filed the suit.
The lawsuit is seeking to reunite Rosa Maria Hernandez with her family. The ACLU argues that it is not legal to detain the girl who “is completely dependent on her mother” and “needs this care, stability, routine and support.”
Michael Tan, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project said that it is “unconscionable to target a little girl in a children’s hospital.” He went on stating:
‘Hospitals are considered sensitive locations under Homeland Security’s own policy, and Border Patrol should not be arresting people there — especially children.
‘The government’s actions are unlawful, cruel, and threaten to keep parents with sick children from seeking care. It is also unconstitutional to deprive a child of the love and care her parents have provided her entire life.’
Andre Segura, legal director of the ACLU of Texas said:
‘All of us should be outraged and alarmed that the federal government would chase a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy to a hospital, arrest her after surgery, and rip her from her loving home.
‘This is not only unconstitutional, but heartless.’
Here are some of those tweets:
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