10-year-old girl detained and faces deportation after crossing border checkpoint for gall bladder surgery

By Mason White 10:16 AM October 27, 2017
Rosamaria Hernandez
Rosamaria Hernandez
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A family is upset that their daughter is being held by immigration officials and is facing deportation to Mexico despite the fact that she lived in the United States most of her life.

10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez was brought to the U.S. by her mother Felipa de la Cruz, now 39, from Nuevo Laredo, when she was just 3-months-old.

The mother said that she wanted to get better medical treatment for her daughter who was born with cerebral palsy.

De la Cruz said that in Mexico, she was unable to afford her daughter’s medical expenses. Those same expenses were automatically covered by Medicaid in the U.S.

The family moved to Laredo, a city on the Mexican border in southern Texas.

Recently, Hernandez needed emergency gallbladder surgery. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Corpus Christi. She was accompanied by a family member who is a U.S. citizen.

While passing a border patrol checkpoint at 2:00 a.m., immigration agents stopped the ambulance she was traveling in.

The relative who was in the ambulance at the time said the agents tried to persuade the family to transfer the child to a hospital in Mexico, but they refused.

Agents accompanied the girl to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, where she received treatment.

Officers remained outside her hospital room until her release the next day.

The disabled child who was separated from her mother for the first time in her life was taken into custody.

She was then escorted to a detention center in San Antonio about 150 miles from where her family lived. The facility is typically used to accommodate unaccompanied migrant children.

Hernandez is now facing deportation.

Laredo Representative Democrat Henry Cuellar has urged the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reconsider the case.

“I understand that Customs and Border Protection agents have a tremendous duty to protect our nation, but we should be devoting our resources and focus on bigger threats.”

An attorney was unsuccessful in her petition to have the disabled child handed over to a family member who is a U.S. citizen.