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Those people include her US citizen cousin Aurora Cantu who accompanied her on the ambulance ride and her legal permanent resident grandfather who's lived in the country for 45 years.

Rosa Maria Hernandez was being transported from a medical centre in Laredo, on the border with Mexico where the girl lives with her family, to a hospital in Corpus Christi, about 210 km away, for emergency gall bladder surgery early on Tuesday.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Hernandez was no exception to the agency's responsibility to follow immigration law. Border Patrol agents waited outside the girl's hospital room until she was released from the facility.

Rosa Maria was taken Wednesday to a children's shelter in San Antonio, which typically holds children who come across the border alone from Central America - not children who've been in the United States for several years.

"It never crossed my mind that they would detain her, I thought the letter we had from a social worker would be enough", Delacruz told BuzzFeed News.




BuzzFeed News has previously reported that Border Patrol checkpoints make undocumented immigrants feel trapped because they can't cross them without risking being stopped, arrested, and deported. She said she was able to talk with her daughter via a video conference on FaceTime and said the Mexican Consulate was aware of the situation and would follow up with Rosa Maria's situation. At an interior checkpoint along the way, border agents flagged the young girl for living in the country illegally and followed the ambulance almost 150 miles to Driscoll Children's Hospital. The statement added that "once medically cleared she will be processed accordingly". They had, after all, moved to the United States shortly after Rosa Maria was born so that she could have access to more affordable treatment for cerebral palsy, said the girl's mother, Felipa de la Cruz.

"Due to the juvenile's medical condition, Border Patrol agents escorted her and her cousin to a Corpus Christi hospital where she could receive appropriate medical care", the statement continued.

Hernandez has lived in Laredo since being brought by her parents from Mexico to the USA illegally as a baby. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not agreed to release her. The shelter's staff had been expecting her when she arrived and promised a smooth transition but did not have copies of Rosa Maria's hospital discharge papers or access to her medical history, Gonzalez said.

The government will likely process Rosa Maria's case within 60 to 90 days, but the family's attorney Leticia Gonzalez said, "they simply wouldn't commit to a time". "The ACLU has also documented other similar cases that have ended in deportation", said ACLU lawyer Astrid Dominguez.

"What this administration wants to do is create fear in the immigrant community, they want them to know that if you're going go get treatment there's no safe haven", Galvez told BuzzFeed News.

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