Former ICE director under President Bush, Alonzo Peña, broke into tears watching how border guards treated a young immigrant.
Rosa Maria Hernandez is age 10 and arrived in the U.S. as in infant — she also has cerebral Palsy. While passing through an immigration checkpoint, on her way to the hospital for gallbladder surgery, Border Patrol agents followed her to the hospital and waiting outside of her room while she recovered.
Attorney Leticia Gonzalez stated, “At one point we had five officials outside of her hospital room. Open the door — there they were.”
They then separated her from family, by taking her to a detention center.
After watching the footage, Peña stated, “It’s just not necessary to do that. I mean, she could’ve been given a notice to appear. Here, she’s just getting out of the hospital, having surgery, and they’re going to put her in a detention facility. It’s just not right. Those agents should be out on the line stopping drugs, stopping gang members, protecting our national security, not doing this."
After public outcry, she was eventually released to her family and ICE has since adopted new protocol for emergency vehicles. But agents were told they may still question people in ambulances.