To: Elaine Duke, DHS Secretary, Thomas Homan, ICE Acting Director, and President Donald Trump
Let 10-year-old Rosa Maria go!
Release 10-year-old patient Rosa Maria immediately and stop allowing the Border Patrol to target immigrants and their children in hospitals, ambulances and other sensitive locations.
Why is this important?
This is what our country has come to: We're imprisoning little children immediately following emergency surgery. Ten-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez is now in a detention center, 150 miles away from her parents, after Border Patrol was alerted while she was on her way to a life-saving gallbladder surgery.
Rosa Maria is undocumented, having been brought to the U.S. when she was just three months old.
According to The New York Times, Border Patrol agents allowed Rosa Maria to continue to Driscoll Children's Hospital but followed the ambulance the rest of the way there, then waited outside her room until she was released from the hospital. Rosa Maria is now in a children's detention center for immigrants, over 150 miles away from her parents, who are both undocumented, in Laredo.
Even for Trump's administration, this is a new low. The Border Patrol violated many of its own guidelines around avoiding sensitive places like hospitals and keeping children and families together whenever possible.
If enough of us raise our voices, Trump will have no choice but to let Rosa Maria go, and we might even be able to make changes to make sure this sort of violation never happens again.