Dem Senator Blasts ‘Immoral Travesty’ After Immigration Agents Detain Girl With Cerebral Palsy
A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was only 6 months old is potentially facing deportation after having to go through a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas for emergency gallbladder surgery, a family lawyer said Thursday.
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.S. illegally but need medical treatment.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday voiced outrage over reports that federal immigration authorities detained the 10-year-old girl right after she received surgery.
“This is an immoral travesty. Rosamaria should be released to her parents IMMEDIATELY,” Feinstein wrote in a tweet, referring to the girl who was detained.
This is an immoral travesty. Rosamaria should be released to her parents IMMEDIATELY. https://t.co/iBUP9Ps6p3
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 27, 2017
Rosamaria Hernandez was detained by authorities early Tuesday morning after the ambulance she was riding in passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint, ABC News reported.
Border Patrol agents followed the ambulance to the hospital, where she had emergency gallbladder surgery, and waited outside Hernandez’s room until she was released from the facility.
Feinstein sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke on Thursday calling for the administration to “take immediate action to ensure that life-saving measures are always prioritized, especially in cases of children.”
“I find it appalling that immigration enforcement activities have become so reckless, I am required to write this letter,” she wrote.
“What has this country come to? Is the desire to deport all undocumented people so great that Border Patrol agents would endanger the life of a child with cerebral palsy simply to put her into deportation proceedings? In all of my years in public service, I have never read a set of more morally reprehensible facts,” Feinstein said.