Several Rio Texas Clergy Release Statement on Human Rights Violations

 Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10, was detained by federal immigration agents in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo surgery. (Courtesy of Agustina Arroyo)

Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10, was detained by federal immigration agents in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo surgery. (Courtesy of Agustina Arroyo)

In October, Rosa Maria Hernandez, a child of undocumented immigrants, was taken into custody by the US Border Patrol as she was transported through a checkpoint on her way to a Corpus Christi hospital for emergency surgery. Rosa, who has cerebral palsy, was then transported to a shelter in San Antonio where she was held for ten days. In the days following her detention, many groups and organizations protested these actions by the US government.
 
A number of retired and active Rio Texas Clergy, along with other pastors and lay people have issued a statement in response. The statement began circulating among Hispanic/Latino clergy prior to the release of Rosa Maria Hernandez, Friday, November 3 when she was reunited with her family in Laredo, Texas.
 
Read the Statement