Hospitalized asylum seeker returned to detention center

ICE officials in Washington, D.C., said Beltran-Hernandez was first taken to the hospital on February 11 and was "determined by her physician to be stable".

She was taken to Texas Health Huguley Hospital, where doctors were preparing to operate - but according to New York Daily News, she was discharged last night before surgery could take place. In the meantime, the ICE said, she will be under medical supervision from its own staff.

Zuniga said the attention to Beltran Hernandez's case Tuesday had started to move things in a positive direction.

A 26-year-old Salvadorian undocumented immigrant, who was diagnosed with brain tumour when she was under the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been returned to a detention centre from a hospital in Texas.

ICE also said that Beltran-Hernandez was able to meet with her attorney of record today and with an official from the Consulate of El Salvador. A Border Patrol agent, meantime, testified that Sarah told him she had come to the United States for work.

A Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States was returned to a Texas detention center after spending nearly two weeks in a hospital, US immigration officials said Thursday.

"They had her tied up from hands and ankles", said Melissa Zuniga, a paralegal on her case, in a statement.

A spokesperson for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the newspaper it "takes seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care". She has been detained ever since at the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas, while her family petitioned for asylum, citing threats of violence against her, from a domestic partner, among others.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen says while requests by family members to have access to detainees who are hospitalized can be granted, they "must be approved in advance with ICE and the appropriate consulate".

"The tongue is not always responsive", Beltran Hernandez told an attorney who visited her Thursday at the Prairieland Detention Center.

The treatment of the Salvadoran woman throws yet another spotlight on the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump's new, more stringent anti-immigrant policies. She also said ICE had reached out to Sara's family "to explain the process".

Hamilton claims Beltran Hernandez was forcibly removed from the hospital and that she was bound somehow. She'd like them to see their mother before her surgery, if possible, in case she dies, Zuniga added. Pro-immigrant organizations charge that deportation orders have been more aggressively pursued since Trump became President. She was allegedly seeking asylum, but was arrested upon entering the country.

This is a developing story.

  • Joanne Flowers