El Paso, Texas, Aug 9, 2017 / 15:50 pm
Deportation to Mexico of the mother of a cancer-stricken girl would be cruelty, the Bishop of El Paso has said.
"It certainly touched my heart to hear about this little girl in the hospital, facing the possibility that her mother would be deported," the Bishop Mark Seitz told the El Paso Times Aug.7, adding "Clearly it would be a cruel thing for our country to deport her mother."
He has met with Alia Escobedo, 8, and her mother Maria Elena de Loera, who sought asylum in the U.S. in 2014 after her husband was killed in Mexico. She has said she feared for the safety of her children.
Bishop Seitz joined other religious leaders and the woman's lawyer at the El Paso Processing Center in asking ICE officials to halt her deportation.