ICE grants young cancer patient’s mother 6-month stay

Maria De Loera and her daughter Alia Escobedo. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

A family on the brink of losing their mother is being granted more time together. Maria De Loera continues to be at her daughter’s hospital bedside while she continues to receive medical care after battling cancer twice.

Bishop Mark Seitz called for compassion after meeting Alia Escobedo and her mother. He said it would be a travesty of justice and charity if the mother of a sick child was deported when she was needed the most.

Eight-year-old Alia is worried about having to go under anesthesia. She's being monitored after battling bone and lung cancer. She's been back in the hospital since Friday. But her biggest fear is her mother not being by her side when she wakes up.

De Loera could be deported.

“It's obvious Alia needs her mom when she's in the hospital and the physicians and the hospital here at our children's hospital need the opportunity to continue her care,” Seitz said.

Seitz went to the hospital to bless Alia and her mother before the day's medical and legal battles.

He joined De Loera's immigration attorney, Linda Rivas, to petition for her stay of removal to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The request was accepted, and ICE later approved a six-month stay for Alia's mother.

De Loera tells KFOX14 she is thankful for the help and support she's received to stay with her daughter through her continued recovery.

“You know there's still a lot of good people out there and we're thankful God still touches people's hearts,” De Loera said.

De Loera's immigration attorney said it could've taken days or weeks before ICE reached a decision on whether the stay of removal would be granted.

The agency will continue to monitor De Loera via ankle monitor.

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