Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Immigration system must allow for humanitarian judgement

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27) released the following statement on the news that 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez was allowed to return to her family after being detained following surgery.

“I breathed a sigh of relief when I learned that Rosa Maria Hernandez was allowed to leave the
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hospital where she had gall bladder surgery and return to her Texas home where she has lived since she was three months old.

“I'd like to express my gratitude to Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, who played an instrumental role in ensuring Rosa was safe and ultimately able to rejoin her family.

“In no way was this 10-year-old girl who suffers from cerebral palsy a threat to anyone, let alone the security of the United States. It's shameful that she was forced to endure harassment by the U.S. Border Patrol and the international media attention that followed.

“Our immigration system should allow flexibility for Border Patrol agents to exercise situational judgement, such as allowing Rosa to receive critical medical treatment without the unnecessary stress of having agents posted outside her hospital room then being detained in a federal facility for ten days.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Congress must act now to restore KidsCare funding

It has been 32 days since federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as KidsCare, ran out and Congress has done nothing to restore it.

Governor Ducey's letter to Arizona's congressional delegation is the right move. His idea to dip into the Rainy Day Fund or reallocate AHCCCS funding to cover interim costs is also commendable and may be the only option Arizona kids have for the short term. Should we decide to take that route, Arizona should demand that Congress reimburse our state for any expenses incurred due to their inaction.

But while the governor and legislature decide how to provide that funding, we call upon every Republican legislator who voted to restore KidsCare last year to contact and pressure Arizona's Republican members of Congress who are part of the road block against KidsCare.

We have just six weeks of KidsCare funding before the more than 23,000 Arizona children who depend on it will face the risk of losing coverage.

This unnecessary cruelty can be avoided if Congress acts quickly to restore KidsCare funding. Our first course of action must be to demand they not leave 9 million American children without healthcare.