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Report: Girl, 10, With Cerebral Palsy Faces Deportation

Report: Girl, 10, With Cerebral Palsy Faces Deportation
(Paul Iverson/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:46 PM

A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is reportedly facing deportation after crossing a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a Texas hospital – where immigration agents are staking out her room.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported the girl's mother, Felipa Delacruz, was told by a Mexican consulate that federal officials were investigating her immigration status.

Both she and her daughter are illegal immigrants.

Felipa Delacruz told the Caller-Times she was told her child faces deportation or could be sent to a detention center after her release from Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, where she underwent gallbladder surgery.

She also told the newspaper that federal agents are waiting outside her daughter's hospital room.

According to the Caller-Times, Delacruz's niece, Aurora Cantu, who is a U.S. citizen, accompanied the girl from Loredo past the Border Patrol checkpoint – and they were then escorted by federal agents to Corpus Christi.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, in a statement, said federal agents staking out the girl's hospital room have "plans to rip this ailing little girl from her family, and ship her off, by herself, to a detention center."

"I challenge President [Donald] Trump and Acting [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary [Elaine] Duke to show that this enforcement operation is prioritizing a dangerous criminal," he said.

"A small child who just had surgery is not a threat to Texans' safety or our national security. DHS should focus its resources elsewhere."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also weighed in, calling the situation "beyond inhumane," The Hill reported.

"By needlessly targeting this little girl, the Trump administration is proving once again that its capacity for cruelty knows no bounds," he said, per The Hill.

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U.S. immigration agents are reportedly staking out the hospital room of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who was brought to the United States illegal and is recipient of Texas' Special Health Care Needs Services Program.
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:46 PM
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