A delegation from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus helped a 6-year-old migrant girl with Down Syndrome and a heart condition get paroled in the United States on Friday, members of the caucus said.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, said he and other members accompanied the girl to a Port of Entry in Brownsville, Texas, and asked federal immigration authorities to allow the girl into the country to seek medical treatment. The girl and her Salvadoran family had previously been denied entry. She, her mother and her brother has been placed in Mexico to await rulings that would decide their eligibility.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Luján said he and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, stayed behind with the girl and her family as the delegation crossed back into the U.S. after a tour of migrant camps in Matamoros, Mexico. After speaking with the Department of Homeland Security officials, the girl and her family were allowed into the U.S.
There are exemption for vulnerable people in place the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy for migrants seeking asylum.