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Detained woman released after suffering seizures

South Carolina residents who are interested in U.S. immigration policies may have heard that a woman who was being held in a Texas detention center when she suffered multiple seizures was released. Her release only occurred after advocates became concerned about her health.

The 27-year-old mother from El Savador was detained at the Texas detention facility in early January following an immigration raid. The stay at the detention center reportedly caused the woman's chronic medical condition to worsen, which in turn caused her to have more frequent seizures. She stated that she was examined by a doctor who agreed that her condition was worsening, but the authorities refused to release her. She was ultimately released on Feb. 5.

Authorities have become concerned regarding the number of immigrants from Central American countries who are crossing the border in order to escape gang violence. While El Salvador is known to be a dangerous place, it was believed that the raids would deter others from attempting to cross the border illegally.

When people are facing deportation, they could potentially be forced to leave behind their home and even family members. During a removal hearing, an immigration attorney may potentially assist with challenging the government's reasons for the proposed deportation. Some of the legal grounds for removing a person may include a felony conviction, illegally entering the U.S. or falsifying information on official documents. In addition to defending the person against the allegations, the attorney may also help protect the person's right to medical attention while in custody.

Source: Think Progress, "Immigrant Mom Finally Released From Detention Center After Suffering 7 Seizures", Tara Culp-Ressler, Feb. 6, 2016

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