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.”

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