Heartbreaking, Inhumane, and Illegal: ICE Targets Woman with Brain Tumor

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Oddly, one of the latest victims rounded up for deportation by Herr Trump's "military operation" doesn't quite fit his righteous boast of how, "We're getting gang members out, we're getting drug lords out, we're getting really bad dudes out of this country." In fact, this time he's getting Sara Beltran-Hernandez. A 26-year-old Salvadoran mother of two young children, she was picked up by immigration agents in November 2015 without proper papers as she tried to get to New York to visit her mother and other relatives. While her family petitioned for her asylum, Beltran-Hernandez had been detained at Texas' Prairieland Detention Center Texas until this month, when she was transferred to a Fort Worth  hospital suffering from severe headaches, nosebleeds and memory loss; doctors diagnosed a brain tumor, and she was awaiting emergency surgery when ICE agents showed up Wednesday, bound her hands and feet, and forcibly removed her in a wheelchair.

Beltran-Hernandez is now back in detention, where she has been denied visits from her family and her lawyers and is still suffering from nose bleeds and headaches that make her feel "her head is exploding." In a macabre scene, one of her attorneys, Chris Hamilton, was filmed by a local TV crew trying to get access to her; he was turned away and threatened with arrest by blank-faced, bulky officials.  "It is heartbreaking and inhumane,’’ he said. “This is unacceptable under our Constitution, and unacceptable from a standpoint of basic human rights.” This is also what we have become under the cruel orange pretender, says New York Times columnist Charles Blow in "The Death of Compassion." Vehemently rejecting the notion of compromising with voters who "accept, promote and defend bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia," Blow declares, "Trump is a cancer on this country and resistance is the remedy." For Beltran-Hernandez and thousands of others, we must "fight, fight, fight."

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