Feinstein blasts 'immoral travesty' after immigration agents detain girl with cerebral palsy

Feinstein blasts 'immoral travesty' after immigration agents detain girl with cerebral palsy
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday voiced outrage over reports that federal immigration authorities detained a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after she received surgery in Texas.

"This is an immoral travesty. Rosamaria should be released to her parents IMMEDIATELY," Feinstein wrote in a tweet, referring to the girl who was detained.

Rosamaria Hernandez was detained by authorities early Tuesday morning after the ambulance she was riding in passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint, The New York Times reported.


Border Patrol agents followed the ambulance to the hospital, where she had emergency gall bladder surgery, and waited outside Hernandez's room until she was released from the facility.

After she was released from the hospital, she was reportedly taken to a facility in San Antonio for migrant children who come to the U.S. alone. The newspaper noted that her parents live about 150 miles away in Laredo, Texas, and both lack legal status.

Feinstein sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke on Thursday calling for the administration to "take immediate action to ensure that life-saving measures are always prioritized, especially in cases of children."

"I find it appalling that immigration enforcement activities have become so reckless, I am required to write this letter," she wrote.

"What has this country come to? Is the desire to deport all undocumented people so great that Border Patrol agents would endanger the life of a child with cerebral palsy simply to put her into deportation proceedings? In all of my years in public service, I have never read a set of more morally reprehensible facts," Feinstein said.