A 10-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy was followed by men from the US immigration service at the hospital to arrest her in order to deport her shortly after surgery. In a letter to the US authorities, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) demands that Rosa Maria Hernandes be allowed to return to her parents living in Laredo, a Texas city near the Mexican border.
If the girl is not released until this afternoon (local time), the ACLU will start “an immediate legal process”, the Union points out. Hernandes, who suffers from cerebral palsy, a brain-related illness that affects movement and muscle control, illegally entered the US three months ago to receive better medical treatment, according to US media.
Accompanied by an adult American citizen, the girl was headed last week by ambulance to a Texas hospital to undergo surgery when the immigration service men stopped her from checking. They were then followed to the hospital, waiting for doctors to approve it. She is now in a detention center awaiting her deportation, ACLU explains.
Hernandes’s detention has sparked a lot of reactions in the United States, where President Donald Trump has pledged to tighten checks on irregular immigrants, but emphasizes those who commit offenses. “A child just undergoing surgery is not a threat,” Democratic MP Joaquin Castro commented last week.
In an article, the Washington Post denounces “a lack of judgment, not to mention the lack of humanity of federal agents.” More than $ 26,000 to cover the girl’s legal costs were gathered last night on the GoFundMe site.