Reminders Of How Far We Have Yet To Go: #3
Her name is Rosa Maria Hernandez. She has cerebral palsy, she’s 10 years old, and she’s undocumented. Her parents brought her to this country when she was just 3 months old. So, America is her home.
Early on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, an ambulance was headed to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. In it was Rosa who needed emergency gall bladder surgery. After agents with Customs and Border Protection, who were stationed at a border checkpoint, learned that Rosa was undocumented, they followed her ambulance to the hospital, guarded her door, and when the hospital discharged her, they took her into custody. Border patrol agents said that they were just doing their job. Rosa’s mother hasn’t seen her, since border patrol will arrest her if she comes to be with her child. Just doing their job . . .
Meet George Rodriguez, a Latino, and a conservative activist in San Antonio, Texas. George thinks that this 10-year old’s treatment was just fine. “For crying out loud, we are not only paying to turn our country into the world’s orphanage but we are also turning our nation into an emergency room for the rest of the world, where they drop off their kids or their elderly and we have to take care of them. It is not our fault, and we should not be on the hook for it.”
We are better than this. Rosa is our child.