Even in a 'Sanctuary State,' Immigrants Are Still in Danger

October 31, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Last week, federal immigration officers in Texas stopped an ambulance at a Border Patrol checkpoint and followed the ten-year-old patient inside—Rosa Maria Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy—to the hospital, where she had an emergency gall bladder operation.

"We want these environments to be safe," said the sanctuary state bill's author, California state senator Kevin de León. "I understand there's a lot of panic and anxiety because of the fear that the Trump administration has purposefully instilled in our vulnerable communities, but people must still continue to work, they still have to take their kids to school, and they still have to go to the hospital. They can't be paralyzed by fear."

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