A 10-year old illegal immigrant from Mexico is held hostage by US authorities. She had come to the US with her mother when she was a toddler. The girl, Rosamaria, suffers from cerebral palsy. Her mother had brought her to the US because treatment in Mexico was too expensive. She couldn’t afford the costs. In America, the cost is much cheaper and a lot of options are available.
She was going to an emergency gall bladder surgery. On her way in the ambulance her family was caught by the US Border Patrol. The officials waited outside her operation theatre room all the time. Once her time at the hospital was done, the officials took her to San Antonio. The shelter in San Antonio is designed for children without any caretaker. She is in the shelter since October 25. Since her mother is an undocumented immigrant, she cannot visit her in the shelter. So she is there all by herself.
She is now 150 miles away from her family. The officials are currently deciding if she should be given back to her parents or kept there. It takes around weeks or even months to make the decision. While in the ambulance, the officials kept telling the girl’s parents to back to Mexico. Along with her family, Rosamaria’s 34-year old cousin was also there. She is a US citizen.
Lawsuit filed against the government
According to the US Constitution, an immigrant with special needs cannot be detained by the authorities. Her family has filed a lawsuit against the government as it has violated Rosamaria’s basic rights and multiple immigration rules. Rosamaria was arrested without a warrant. Her detention will have a negative effect on her physical and mental health. It was wrong of the government to arrest her when they know that she lives in a stable environment.