US Authorities Free Immigrant Girl With Cerebral Palsy
13:24 04.11.2017(updated 13:27 04.11.2017)Get short URL
In the evening on Wednesday, according to family members and lawyers involved in the child’s case, immigration agents took the girl to a facility for children in San Antonio.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US immigration authorities have freed a 10-year-old Mexican girl with cerebral palsy from custody after she was taken to a Texan hospital for surgery.
“Rosa Maria is finally free. We’re thrilled that she can go home to heal surrounded by her family’s love and support,” Michael Tan, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said Friday.
“Despite our relief, Border Patrol’s decision to target a young girl at a children’s hospital remains unconscionable,” he added.
The girl was born in Mexico and brought to Texas illegally when she was 3 months old. She was en route to gallbladder surgery from her home in Laredo when she was stopped at an immigration checkpoint.
US border patrol officers followed her to the hospital in Corpus Christi and camped outside her room until she was discharged, ACLU said in a statement. She was seized and put in a facility for children. ACLU filed a lawsuit against the US administration on October 31.