McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A 4-year-old underweight Mexican boy with cerebral palsy was allowed to enter the United States with his family on New Year’s Day after waiting in a migrant refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, their lawyer said Thursday.
The boy, who also has Pierre Robin syndrome — a genetic condition in which an infant has a smaller-than-normal lower jaw and tongue that falls back in the throat resulting in difficulty breathing — also had a tracheotomy, his lawyer, Charlene D’Cruz, with the nonprofit Lawyers for Good Government said.
“He could get infected quickly if he continued to live in a tent on the streets of Matamoros,” D’Cruz said.
On New Year’s Eve, D’Cruz said she walked the family from the filthy tent encampment in Matamoros, where an estimated 2,500 asylum-seekers live, over the Gateway International Bridge.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials interviewed the family and had them wait from 4 p.m. on Tuesday until about 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, when they were released.
“CBP did the right thing and released all of them. It was a happy New Year!” D’Cruz said.
The family is headed to California where they have relatives.
Also on Thursday, CBP released two deaf migrants, including one man and his mom were released at the Gateway Bridge, D’Cruz said.
Sandra Sanchez can be reached at Ssanchez@borderreport.com.