After finding out she was pregnant at 58, Matilde Guadalupe Pantoja Cardenas gave birth to twin babies — and they’re both home and healthy.
Although it may come as a surprise, women much older than Pantoja Cardenas have previously given birth. According to CBS News, in 2016, a woman in India believed to be 72 years old became one of the oldest women to give birth.
Despite the difficulties that come with giving birth at an older age, Pantoja Cardenas stayed strong and gave birth to her twins — a baby boy and a baby girl. As noted by Fox News, Pantoja Cardenas was under observation for an entire month until it was time to go into labor. According to Milenio, Pantoja Cardenas gave birth to the twins after 33 weeks of pregnancy. The average pregnancy takes about 40 weeks. The twins, who were born premature, had to remain in intensive care for three weeks. During that time, the babies grew stronger and healthier each day.
With immense gratitude and relief, Pantoja Cardenas said to Milenio, “When I heard the babies cry loudly, a strong sense of joy hit me. Immediately, the pediatrician took them to the operating room to attend to them.”
When Hernandez Garcia and his wife, Ana Suazameda, came to the U.S., they brought their then 3-month-old daughter, Mariana, with them. Mariana is now a DACA beneficiary who is about to graduate from high school. Since then, Hernandez Garcia and his wife had another child who is a U.S. citizen.
When Hernandez Garcia was first slated for deportation under President Obama, he found sanctuary in a church in Denver and after nine months, he was free to go since his charges for assault were dropped.
In 2014, the Obama Administration tried to deport him over assault charges but he sought refuge in the First Unitarian Society of Denver. While in his sanctuary, the charges were dropped and it was found that there was no wrongdoing. The Obama Administration then let Hernandez Garcia know that his case was downgraded and that he was no longer a priority for deportation.
Hernandez Garcia’s freedom was met with excitement and celebration in 2015, but he knew that things weren’t over yet.
“It’s not over,” Hernandez Garcia said in 2015, according to The Denver Post. “I don’t feel completely comfortable. I need more. I need legal status first.”
Despite having no criminal record and being a low-priority for deportation, Hernandez Garcia was detained by plainclothes ICE authorities who didn’t identify themselves until they had their hands on him. ICE is defending the decision to detain Hernandez Garcia.
“Hernandez Garcia has overstayed his original, six-month visa by nearly 14 years,” ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok told The Denver Post. “He has exhausted his petitions through the immigration courts and through ICE.”
ICE officials detained Hernandez Garcia while he was picking up tiles for a flooring job he was doing. Some activists are calling the detention politically motivated — not a move to improve public safety.
Suazameda told CBS Denver that the officers had their badges reversed to avoid detection and were wearing plain clothes. According to NBC, Suazameda said that she was told that the officers called to Hernandez Garcia and introduced themselves and shook his hand. When the officers confirmed they were speaking to Hernandez Garcia, they quickly arrested him. Suazameda said her brother was with Hernandez Garcia at the time but was unable to record the incident on his phone because officers confiscated it.
The arrest of Hernandez Garcia has sparked outrage from immigration activists in Colorado who already believe that ICE is increasingly going after those without criminal records.
“I don’t think anybody disagrees there should be enforcement and we need to get dangerous people off the streets,” American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado public policy director Denise Maes told The Denver Post. “But we are hearing a sense of fear, a sense of anxiety and a sense of their being targeted and distinguished from other criminals.”
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