November 04, 2017

Castro Statement on Rosa Maria’s Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who is recovering from gallbladder surgery:

“Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs. This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal. I wish them the best, and hope Rosa Maria’s health improves.

“While this is welcome news, Rosa Maria’s future remains uncertain. The Trump Administration has not made clear whether they will proceed with deportation proceedings against her. I continue to call for Rosa Maria’s case to be administratively closed. Moving forward, we must address the Trump Administration’s callous actions. The United States should not be a place where children seeking life-sustaining medical care are at risk of apprehension. I urge the Department of Homeland Security to abide by its claims that dangerous criminals are the agency’s priority and reinforce its sensitive locations policies to employees. A case like Rosa Maria’s should never happen again.”