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 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.