Rosa Maria Hernandez is a 10-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. She recently had to undergo gallbladder surgery in connection to her disease. She was escorted to the children’s hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas by ICE officers. Shortly after her surgery, she was “arrested” and transported to an immigration facility for children. The ACLU has filed an official complaint with the District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Rosa has been living in the United States with her family since she was three-months-old. On October, 24, they were en route to her surgery but had to stop at a Border Patrol checkpoint. Not only did agents escort her to her surgery, they alerted her family that after the procedure, the deportation process would begin. She is currently being held in a shelter in San Antonio, more than 150 miles away from her home in a facility that houses “illegal” minors.
Michael Tan, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project said in a press release,
It is unconscionable to target a little girl in a children’s hospital. 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.
Shouldn’t we all be enraged that a sick child has been separated from her parents through no fault of her own? Children should not be held responsible for their parents’ actions. It is unconstitutional to detain this little girl who needs constant medical supervision and has never been separated from her parents. Not only is it unconstitutional, it’s downright immoral.