Cancer survivor begs for mother's immigration case

Eight-year-old Alia Escobedo has always had her mother close by to help wipe away her tears.

Eight-year-old Alia Escobedo has always had her mother close by to help wipe away her tears.

“She always there. Sometimes, when I’m really sick, she doesn’t move from there,” Alia said.

She said her mother, Maria De Loera, never leaves her side.

Alia first had bone cancer and then lung cancer. Now, her cancer is finally in remission.

But her mother is involved in a struggle with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“I'm stressed, honestly,” De Loera said. “Sometimes, I think, 'That's it. I can't.' But we have to make an effort for her.”

Alia had surgery in January to replace her femur and still requires constant medical care. But De Loera could be deported before her daughter's next surgery.

“Right now, it's crucial to keep checking her because of the plates and screws they put in. They're so big,” De Loera said.

If De Loera does not receive another stay of removal from ICE, she has two choices. She could leave her daughter behind to continue getting medical care.

“Well, the oncologist told me it would be much better to take her with me because, psychologically, it could affect her a lot and, for kids with this sickness, it could be fatal,” De Loera said.

Or De Loera could take her daughter with her.

“The doctor told me she doesn't want her to leave. They're the only ones that know what she still needs, what's already been done, what treatments she's undergoing,” De Loera said.

Alia knows she might be left behind in order to save her life, but she’s begging for her mother's case.

“Please let her stay, I don’t want her to leave,” Alia said.

De Loera had an appointment with ICE today but it was rescheduled for next week.

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