Melissa Chan, reporting for Time:
Rosamaria was being rushed to a hospital for emergency gall
bladder surgery early Tuesday when she was stopped at a Border
Patrol checkpoint east of Laredo and detained. U.S. Customs and
Border Protection agents “escorted” Rosamaria to a Corpus Christi
hospital to have her operation, the agency said in a statement.
After becoming medically cleared, Rosamaria was taken to a federal
facility for refugees in San Antonio on Wednesday and processed,
“She has been crying. She knows her mom is not there,”
Another story, by Yale senior Viviana Andazola Marquez, writing in The New York Times, “I Accidentally Turned My Dad In to Immigration Services”:
Most people can’t wait to turn 21 so that they can drink. For me,
it was the day I could finally petition the government to change
my dad’s immigration status. I filed the paperwork in February and
believed it would be the beginning of sleeping easier at night, of
not worrying about “la migra” every time the phone rang.
Eight months later, my father and I showed up at the immigration
services office with our lawyer and notebooks full of supporting
documents. The officer told us our petition should be approved,
but not that day. We took this as an indication of another waiting
period, but we remained upbeat: The officer told my father how to
learn about his rights as a lawful permanent resident and
acknowledged that he had paid the appropriate fees.
After the officer left the room several times, something changed
in her demeanor, and the air in the room became thick with
mounting uncertainty. She asked me to leave. I didn’t want to, so
she turned to my father and asked him to tell me to leave. I told
myself I was just being paranoid and walked outside. As I waited,
three Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents came in and took
custody of my dad.
When our lawyer reappeared, the look on his face told me
everything I needed to know. The world felt ripped from under
ICE, under Trump, is a terrorist organization.
★ Friday, 27 October 2017