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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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Rosamaria Hernandez is a 10-year-old undocumented immigrant living in Texas. Early Tuesday morning, Hernandez was being transported from her hometown in Laredo, Texas to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi for emergency gallbladder surgery, according to The New York Times. Despite not crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the ambulance transporting Hernandez had to go through a border checkpoint. Border Patrol agents allowed the ambulance to continue to the hospital but followed the ambulance to Corpus Christi. Hernandez was detained by the Border Patrol on Wednesday evening, according to The New York Times.

According to a petition on DreamActivist.Org, Border Patrol agents waited in the hospital for Hernandez to recover enough from surgery to be detained. Hernandez, who was brought to Texas when she was 3 months old, is being held in San Antonio. Hernandez’s mother told The New York Times that they came to the U.S. to get her daughter better treatment for her cerebral palsy. Hernandez, whose parents remain in Laredo, is being detained more than 150 miles away from her parents.

Aurora Cantu, Hernandez’s cousin, was riding in the ambulance with the 10-year-old. Cantu told The New York Times that Border Patrol agents tried relentlessly to convince her family to sign a voluntary departure form. The family refused. Immigration officials decided to wait for Hernandez to recover so she could be detained.

“I understand that C.B.P. has a tremendous duty to protect our nation,” Representative Henry Cuellar, who represents Laredo, said in a statement, reported The New York Times. “We should be devoting our resources and focus on bigger threats.”

This is not the first time undocumented families have had issues accessing this children’s hospital. Last month, two undocumented parents were transporting their child from Harlingen, Texas to the same hospital in Corpus Christi for life-saving surgery. Border Patrol officials followed the family to the hospital and detained the parents in Corpus Christi while the child, who is a U.S. citizen, awaited surgery.

Read the full story on The New York Times by clicking here.

(H/T: The New York Times)


READ: The Undocumented Parents Of A Very Sick Baby Willingly Let Themselves Be Arrested By Border Patrol To Save His Life

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Tesla Turned A Children's Hospital Back On After Coming Through On Their Promise To Use Solar Power To Do It

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Tesla Turned A Children’s Hospital Back On After Coming Through On Their Promise To Use Solar Power To Do It

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The blackout in Puerto Rico is now going into its second month, with some calling it the longest blackout in U.S. history. Seventy-five percent of people on the island are still without power and many are still struggling to get clean drinking water and food. In the face of all of that adversity, some are carrying on as best as they can.

This photo shared by Alejandro García Padilla, former governor of Puerto Rico, shows surgeons performing surgery in the dark, illuminated by cell phone lights.


On his Facebook account, the former governor wrote “De tripas corazones. Médicos en cirugías iluminadas por flash light de celular. Bravo por ellos! But this is not a “10.”

“Muster up courage. Doctors doing surgery illuminated by cell phone flash. Bravo to them. But this is no perfect 10.”

The New York Times reported this week on schools that are reopening without power.

Although only 9% of the total public schools on the island opened this week, over a hundred schools are expected to open soon once their paperwork is submitted. School days will be cut in half and students will not be required to turn in homework. Things are slowly coming back, and although students have to bring their own water and bug repellent to class, it’s a start.

Students at a ballet studio keep dancing, despite the wood warping under their feet and batteries dying in their radios.

Laura Valentin-Lopez, owner of San Juan’s Centro Danza, along with her husband, opened their ballet studio to provide a place where young people can continue to gather and find the literal light in the dark. Without electricity, they sometimes dance in the dark and without music. But all the owners could think about is bringing some level of normalcy back to the children who can make it in to the studio. Valentin-Lopez told the New York Post, “We were thinking of the benefits that dance brings to the spirit.”

Electricity is back in some areas but it took Tesla to step in and get this children’s hospital power back on.

It took them about three weeks to get the power back up and running, but with the speed at which the island is getting electricity, that’s not terrible. The initial idea appears to have come from a Twitter conversation in which someone asked if Tesla could help Puerto Rico. Elon Musk responded that while there is no limit to how much solar power can be scaled, it would be up to the government and people of Puerto Rico to decide. A few minutes later governor Ricardo Rossello chimed in and asked if PR could be the flagship project for such a large solar project. From there, it was all history, until this week when the children’s hospital was turned back on.

While we raise funds, send goods, and work to to get Puerto Rico back on its feet, it’s good to see that some progress is being made and that the spirit of Puerto Ricans can bend, but will never break.


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


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