An undocumented immigrant diagnosed with a brain tumor while under Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was returned to a detention center from a Texas hospital, thanks to Donald Trump and his new strict immigration rules.
The Salvadoran woman, known only as Sara, was released from Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and taken to Prairieland Detention Center against her will, according to her lawyers.
Melissa Zuniga, a member of Sara’s legal team said, “She told us they tied her hands and ankles in her condition. She’s complaining of a lot of pain.”
Zuniga said Sara, who is just 26, was cut off from communication with her family and lawyers, even after the hospital and ICE had cleared Sara’s mother for unrestricted phone access.
ICE responded by saying, “Requests by family members to visit detainees who have been hospitalized are permitted but must be approved in advance with ICE and the appropriate consulate. ICE reached out to the family to explain the process.”
Sara’s exact condition wasn’t immediately available, but according to previous reports she was transferred from Prairieland to Huguley after complaining of severe headaches and collapsing on Feb. 10.
In the first month of the Trump administration, several cases of immigration detention have drawn national attention, as pro-immigration activists decry what they consider heavy-handed tactics by immigration enforcement agents.
This week the Trump administration laid out a plan to step up deportations, broadly expanding those targeted for deportation.