Time magazine asks “Can the U.S. government take a woman’s baby from her because she doesn’t speak English?”
Cirila Baltazar Cruz comes from the mountainous southern state of Oaxaca, a region of Mexico that makes Appalachia look affluent. To escape the destitution in her village of 1,500 mostly Chatino Indians, Baltazar Cruz, 34, migrated earlier this decade to the U.S., hoping to send money back to two children she’d left in her mother’s care. She found work at a Chinese restaurant on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.
But Baltazar Cruz speaks only Chatino, barely any Spanish and no English. Last November she went to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss., … to give birth to a baby girl, Rubí. … the hospital called the state Department of Human Services, which ruled Baltazar Cruz an unfit mother in part because her lack of English “placed her unborn child in danger and will place the baby in danger in the future.”
Rubí was taken from Baltazar Cruz, who now faces deportation. In May, a … judge gave the infant to a couple (it is yet unclear if for foster care or adoptive purposes) … Cruz is challenging the ruling in … court and hopes that if she is deported she can at least take Rubi back to Mexico with her.
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