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US detains Immigrant child with cerebral palsy after surgery

Houston, Oct 26 (AP) Immigration advocates are protesting the case of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy now potentially facing deportation after...

Published: 27th October 2017 12:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2017 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

HOUSTON: Immigration advocates are protesting the case of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy now potentially facing deportation after having to cross a Border Patrol checkpoint for emergency gallbladder surgery.

The 10-year-old, Rosa Maria Hernandez, was taken this week from the Texas border city of Laredo to a Corpus Christi children's hospital.

A family attorney says agents let her through a checkpoint separating the cities, but followed her and a cousin to the hospital, and refused to release her after the surgery.

Rosa Maria is in the US without legal permission.

She was instead taken to a federal facility for unaccompanied minors in San Antonio, where she could be held for several weeks.

A Border Patrol statement says its agents are "committed to enforcing the immigration laws of this nation."



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