US Immigration agents release 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after ACLU lawsuit

01:35  04 november  2017
01:35  04 november  2017 Source:   The Hill

Ailing child facing immigration detention after surgery

  Ailing child facing immigration detention after surgery <p>A 10-year-old girl who has lived in the U.S. since she was an infant could be bound for a detention center now that has she recovered from emergency surgery in South Texas.</p>CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A 10-year-old girl who has lived in the U.S. since she was an infant could be bound for a detention center now that has she recovered from emergency surgery in South Texas.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Tuesday to demand that it release a 10 - year - old girl with cerebral palsy detained by Border Patrol agents after surgery because she is in the U.S. without legal permission. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio

A girl with cerebral palsy is being held in immigration detention. The ACLU just sued for her release . Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10 , was detained by federal immigration agents in Texas after she passed But the lawsuit also said Rosa Maria has the cognitive capacity of a six- year - old .

Immigration agents release 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after ACLU lawsuit © Provided by The Hill Immigration agents release 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after ACLU lawsuit Federal immigration authorities have released an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after detaining her following emergency surgery last week.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Friday evening that the federal government released Rosa Maria Hernandez after the group filed a lawsuit seeking her release.

"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, an attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement. "Despite our relief, Border Patrol's decision to target a young girl at a children's hospital remains unconscionable. No child should go through this trauma and we are working to make sure it doesn't happen again."

'Mom, Where Are You?' Girl With Cerebral Palsy Detained by Immigration Officials Cries for Help

  'Mom, Where Are You?' Girl With Cerebral Palsy Detained by Immigration Officials Cries for Help The mother of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained in Texas on her way to the hospital for emergency surgery wept as she tried consoling her daughter on the phone, one of the girl’s lawyers said Thursday. Through tears, and knowing her daughter faces deportation and a long time away from home, Felipa de la Cruz on Wednesday told her daughter, Rosamaria Hernandez, that everything would be OK, lawyer Alex Galvez told TIME.“She said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to see each other soon. Everything’s going to fine. Hang in there.’ She was trying to make her smile,” Galvez recalled.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to release a 10 - year - old undocumented girl with cerebral palsy back to her family.

Federal immigration officials have illegally detained an undocumented 10 - year - old girl with cerebral palsy in Texas for the past seven days, hours away from her parents, a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Trump administration alleges.

Hernandez was detained last week by Border Patrol agents after the ambulance she was riding in passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint, according to The New York Times.

The agents reportedly followed the ambulance to the hospital and waited outside the girl's room until she was released from the facility.

After she was release, the girl was reportedly taken to a facility in San Antonio for migrant children who come to the U.S. alone.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday seeking Hernandez's release.  The group argued it wasn't legal to detain the girl, who "is completely dependent on her mother" and "needs this care, stability, routine and support."

"Rosa Maria should not have been detained for even a second. She was ripped from her family without authority by the federal government. We will continue to challenge the government to stop this kind of heartless and unlawful conduct," Andre Segura, the legal director of the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement Friday.


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