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The 10-Year-Old Undocumented Immigrant With Cerebral Palsy Who Was Detained By Border Patrol Has Been Released

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Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old child with cerebral palsy who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while she was hospitalized after receiving emergency surgery, is no longer in a detention center near San Antonio, Texas, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU represented the child and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration claiming that she and her family’s due process rights were violated as they were not given a chance to have their case heard before a judge after being detained, as the law states. In this case, the definition of due process in the Fifth Amendment, which “entitles a parent to a hearing on [his/her] fitness as a parent before [his/her] children [are] taken from [them],” is what was being questioned, as stated by the ACLU.

Hernandez might be out of the detention center but her fate is still uncertain.

“The Trump administration has not made clear whether they will proceed with deportation proceedings against her,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, who champions immigration rights and has condemned the actions of the president and ICE throughout this case, wrote in a statement. “I continue to call for Rosa Maria’s case to be administratively closed. Moving forward, we must address the Trump Administration’s callous actions. The United States should not be a place where children seeking life-sustaining medical care are at risk of apprehension.”

Hernandez spent over a week in a detention center after being arrested while recovering from gall bladder surgery. Border Patrol agents waited outside of her hospital room to detain her and began deportation proceedings as soon as physically possible, sparking outrage by immigration activists and some of the American public. The 10-year-old undocumented immigrant was detained after receiving life-saving surgery at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hernandez was in an ambulance with a cousin who is a U.S. citizen when the ambulance was stopped at a border checkpoint on route to the hospital.

Hernandez’s case is the second highly publicized case of detainments at a border checkpoint on the way to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. Previously, an undocumented couple with a U.S.-born child who needed emergency surgery was stopped at the checkpoint. The parents agreed to be detained so their son could be taken to the hospital to get the help he needed. Both parents are facing deportation proceedings.


READ: Border Patrol Waited In The Hospital While This Undocumented Child With Cerebral Palsy Was Having Surgery So They Could Detain Her

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People Are Praising The Company That Owns TJ Maxx Because They Are Still Paying Their Puerto Rican Employees

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People Are Praising The Company That Owns TJ Maxx Because They Are Still Paying Their Puerto Rican Employees

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TJX Cos., the parent company of TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls, is still paying employees in Puerto Rico despite closing all its stores after Hurricane Maria. It has been six weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall. According to Boston Globe, this isn’t the first time the retail giant has taken care of employees forced out of work as a result of natural disasters.

People are showing TJX Cos. companies a lot of love for the way they are taking care of their Puerto Rican employees.

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One Facebook user even shared a now-viral post about how TJX Cos. has helped his son who works for Marshalls.

Tengo que mencionar esto pues quizás muchos no sepan. Las tiendas Marshalls en Puerto Rico han continuado pagándoles a…

Posted by Iván Meléndez on Saturday, October 21, 2017

“I have to mention this because perhaps many do not know,” wrote Iván Meléndez. “The Marshalls stores in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even without their stores being open. I’m worried about my son, and he told me: ‘Relax dad. Marshalls has been paying us.’ And they’ve given them supplies. Thanks to the stores for such an honorable gesture. From now on, I’m going to sponsor this chain even more. Marshalls, you did that!”

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 and 3.4 million Puerto Rican residents were immediately thrown into darkness. As of now, only about 30 percent of the island has had its power restored. The loss of power has forced businesses to remain closed, leaving millions of Puerto Ricans without consistent income.

“We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” TJX spokeswoman Erika Tower told Boston Globe.



READ: Here’s What Google Is Doing To Get Puerto Rico Connected With The Outside World Since Hurricane Maria
 

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