Don’t Deport 10-Year-Old Girl with Cerebral Palsy

Target: Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Release Rosa Maria Hernandez to her family in the United States.

Rosa Maria Hernandez is 10 years old, but her doctors say she has the mind of a girl half her age. That’s because she has cerebral palsy. Also, Rosa is about to be deported. According to her family’s lawyer, she was first detained while being rushed to a hospital in Corpus Christi for gallbladder surgery. After her ambulance was stopped at a checkpoint, agents found she had no immigration record. Following her surgery, she was again detained, and remains in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the agency, the 10-year-old girl is now facing deportation to Mexico – a country she hasn’t seen since she was three months old.

Her doctors are demanding ICE back down and instead release Rosa to her documented family in the United States. If you agree, sign this petition, and demand freedom for Rosa.


Dear Mr. Homan,

Your agency is currently holding a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and is planning on deporting her to a country she hasn’t seen since she was three months old. Rosa’s doctors say she needs to be released to her family in the U.S., so she can continue receiving the care she needs.

Instead, your agency is planning on dumping Rosa on the other side of the border.

ICE is supposed to protect Americans from hardened criminals, international drug cartels and terrorists. Instead, your agents seem to prefer to pick fights with small children suffering from mental illness. Rosa isn’t a threat to anyone, and it should go without saying that her planned deportation is both immoral and cruel. We demand you ensure she is released to her family in the U.S. and granted complete amnesty so she can continue receiving the care she needs.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no ice for her. just let her out of jail now. she is no criminal whats so ever. this is abelism and racist to take her rights away.

  2. Seriously? A ten-year-old CHILD with cerebral palsy is THAT FRIGHTENING to immigration officials that they need to deport her? She is NO THREAT to anyone. Whoever is insisting on deporting this poor child needs to find another job, because they are NOT cut out for immigration. Cruel, unscrupulous idiots to do this to a disabled child!

  3. Mrs. Terrebonne says:

    ICE took her into custody stating that she was an unaccompanied minor. She was not unaccompanied. A female relative that is an American citizen was with her. She should immediately be released to recover at home with her American citizen relatives and not summarily dumped across the border. And the ICE agents who took her into custody by making a false claim to do it should be disciplined.

  4. Let’s show compassion and help this little girl!

  5. Just wondering do her parents have immigration papers? If so and I suspect they do why would the child not have. She must have immigrated with her parents. What the hell is wrong here.

  6. Yani Williamson says:

    This is extremely wrong. She needs help no matter what her social class is. Sending her to Mexico could be worse for her. The doctors there are not advanced in any way. Her family is not in Mexico. Isn’t irrational to leave a helpless child on the dirty border-line street of Mexico without their mother. DO NOT LET HER BE DEPORTED. That is inhumane.

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