Border Patrol Arrest Parents While Baby Awaits Surgery – Take Action

Every week we hear more disturbing stories of actions by immigration authorities that are deliberately cruel and go against the very ideals that the U.S. was founded on.

In the first weeks of the Trump administration, immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent and although Trump had promised that he was only going after criminals, ICE arrests of non-criminals doubled.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has come up with a plan to separate families: after officials catch a family of undocumented immigrants near the Mexican border, the parents would be sent to detention centers while their children would be handed over to Child Protective Services.

The story of two-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez is a horrific example of this deliberate cruelty by our immigration authorities. Isaac was born to undocumented parents with no criminal record and with three other U.S. citizen children. 

The newborn was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a serious but curable condition. Oscar and Irma Sanchez were told they could get help, but would have to bring their baby to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, a few hours away by car. To do so, they would have to pass a Border Patrol checkpoint. An agent offered to escort the family through the checkpoint but let Isaac’s parents know they would be arrested once they arrived.

That’s exactly what happened. Cruelly ignoring the tragic situation of this baby’s condition, Border Patrol actually arrested Oscar and Irma Sanchez at the hospital where they had traveled to save their son’s life, and they are now in deportation proceedings. An immigration judge will decide in December if they can remain in the country.

When Care2 activists heard about this, they decided to start a petition, demanding that this family be allowed to stay together in the U.S. 

As the petition explains:

“While they waited in fear for their son’s surgery, Oscar and Irma were constantly monitored by Border Patrol agents. The parents then had to ask the hospital to delay the surgery while they were taken into custody to get fingerprinted and booked. Luckily, they were allowed to return to the hospital.

“Baby Isaac is doing well now, but Oscar and Irma’s future still hangs in the balance.”

The petition, which has already garnered over 41,000 signatures, demands that Oscar and Irma Sanchez be allowed to stay in the U.S. with their four children who need them.

Under President Obama, the DHS policy was that unless there were special circumstances, immigration agents should avoid carrying out any actions at so-called “sensitive locations” such as hospitals, schools, and churches.

All that has changed under Trump.

On September 28, ICE announced that it had arrested 498 people in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in a four-day raid deliberately targeting those who are resisting Trump’s agenda.

Last August, we witnessed the tragic deportation of a family in Oakland, California. Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband came to the U.S. illegally over 23 years ago. Since then they had established careers and raised four children. Maria was a senior cancer nurse at a local hospital. California Senator Diane Feinstein had tried to help them and in a statement she said, “This is travesty, plain and simple, and evidence that Donald Trump’s immigration policy is nothing more than a hateful deportation program targeting law-abiding families.”

We can’t let this happen to the Sanchez family in Texas.

If you agree that these are cruel acts, utterly devoid of humanity, please sign our Care2 petition, demanding that Oscar and Irma Sanchez be allowed to stay in the U.S. with their four children.

Photo Credit: Javier Garcia

40 comments

Jennifer H
Jennifer H13 days ago

Agree with many of the comments here. The evil is driven from the top.

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R14 days ago

I'll not preaching but think for just for few seconds what I'm willing to do for my family member ... Petition signed/shared. Thank you!

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Amanda Mcconnel
Amanda M16 days ago

sad

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Amanda Mcconnel
Amanda M16 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers18 days ago

Petition signed. Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M19 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M19 days ago

Noted.

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Katie S
Katie S19 days ago

thank you

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Adele E Zimmermann

Certain regimes bring out the best in people. Others bring out the worst. The Trump wanna-be-fascist regime brings out the worst in many Americans. In addition to an increase in hate crimes there are open manifestations of white supremacist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and misogynist aberrations. Also, many people involved with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Border Patrol (USBP) are acting like Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS). They are natural bullies, and are empowered by the Trump regime's attitudes and directives to terrorize law-abiding United States residents. It is not a crime to merely be in the United States without documentation! Google it.

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Trish K
Trish K19 days ago

The border patrol should be arrested for terrorism. This Naziesque behavior starts at the top of the administration.

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