Border Patrol releases undocumented woman taking son to hospital

Border Patrol releases undocumented woman taking son to hospital
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The Border Patrol on Monday released an undocumented mother who was detained in Texas while taking her 4-year-old son to a hospital to treat an injury.
 
According to the Workers Defense Action Fund, Silvia Macuixtle was detained by the Border Patrol as she made the ambulance trip Sunday from Laredo, in southern Texas, to San Antonio, seeking treatment for her child after he broke his arm.
 
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Border Patrol officers followed Macuixtle from an immigration checkpoint to the hospital, where she was detained, the group said.
 
In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said the woman was released on her own recognizance and ordered to appear before an immigration judge at a future time.
 
The Workers Defense Action Fund told The Associated Press on Monday that it had secured Macuixtle's release.
 
Macuixtle was returned to Laredo, but no reason for the release was given, according to the news agency.
 
“It is extremely troublesome that Border Patrol agents would follow Silvia Macuixtle, a mother accompanying her four year old son to emergency surgery, and detain her at the hospital during a traumatic time," said Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroRepublican lawmaker introduces new cyber deterrence bill Lawmakers discuss Latino education gap The foreign policy case for decriminalizing abortion in El Salvador MORE (D-Texas) in a statement.
 
"This practice is morally coarse. The United States should not be a place where mothers accompanying their children facing life-threatening conditions are at risk for deportation. Cases like this should never happen again,” he added. 
 
The case mirrors a similar situation in October, when a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was detained in a Texas hospital after crossing an immigration checkpoint in an ambulance on her way to receive emergency treatment.
 
Border Patrol officers are allowed to inspect vehicles and question individuals on their citizenship status within 100 miles of international borders. Many immigrants in the country illegally who live in the border area avoid travel outside the region to minimize encounters with federal immigration authorities.
 
Updated at 6:06 p.m.