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illegal alien parents deprived their own child needed & necessary medical so why did the parents flee OK LAW?

Posted in Child Care on 4th December 2010

illegal alien parents deprived their own child needed & necessary medical so why did the parents flee OK LAW?
TULSA, Okla. –Edgar Castorena had diarrhea for 10 days and counting, and the illegal immigrant parents of the 2-month-old didn’t know what to do about it.

They were afraid they would be deported under a new Oklahoma law if they took him to a major hospital. By the time they took him to a clinic, it was too late.

A ruptured intestine that might have been treatable instead killed the U.S.-born infant, making him a poster child for opponents of House Bill 1804 months before it was enacted as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007.

“The sad part of it was the child didn’t have to die if House Bill 1804 didn’t ever come around,” said Laurie Paul, who runs the clinic where Edgar was finally taken. “It was a total tragedy because the bill was there to create the myths and untruths and the fear.”

The law, billed by its backers as the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration, took effect Nov. 1. It bars illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs or state assistance and makes it a felony to harbor or transport illegal immigrants.

A final portion of the law goes into effect July 1, requiring private companies to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires.

While it’s difficult to characterize which state has the toughest immigration-related law, Oklahoma’s goes beyond most because it includes the clause about harboring and transporting illegal immigrants, said Ann Morse, program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Immigrant Policy Project.

“What I think these laws may have are unintended consequences on the general public,” Morse said recently. “How does the law get implemented? Who is the target?”

The crackdown has caused thousands of Hispanics to flee for neighboring states, with as many as 25,000 leaving northeastern Oklahoma alone, according to the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Terrill said there’s no correlation between his bill and Edgar’s death, noting that the child died in July, months before the law took effect, and that the law provides an exception for emergency medical care.

“To the extent that these illegal alien parents deprived their own child needed and necessary medical care because of their ignorance of the law, then they should be in prison, frankly,” Terrill said.

Edgar’s parents are believed to have gone underground following the boy’s death, returning either to Mexico or going to stay with family in Arkansas, according to interviews with people in Tulsa’s Latino community.

Best answer(s):

Answer by shilo9i
To get to the other side?

Answer by My Fellow Americans (3*)
it’s sad that the parents came here illegally!!! but come on now Your child is sick and dying. call 911

the idea they refuse to carry their child to the hospital because they FEAR deportation is Selfish?

Answer by ladyshondra
this is tragic and blame should be placed squarely on the parents who would rather protect themselves and not get caught for being illegal. this just shows that they are NOT thinking of their children who are innocent and have no say in their life.

these parents should be prosecuted for failing to provide for this poor innocent child. do not blame us here in OK for being tired of the illegals who brought so much crime with them and taxed our medical, legal, educational etc institutions to the point of bankruptcy.

Answer by miss kitty
This is a real shame that the boys parents did not take him to the hospital. However being from Mexico and speaking another language. does not mean that Mexicans are ignorant or stupid. They have brains just like Americans do. If an American did not take their child to the doctor because he/she was involved in an illegal activity they would be charged with murder. Because you are in this country illegally does not excuse you to commit other crimes

Answer by violatedyetagain
As an Okie and a daughter of an Oklahoma House Of Representatives current member, i completely support HB1804. Terrill is correct. His law had nothing to do with this baby’s death. HB1804 was not implemented at the time of death, or in the weeks prior while the baby was ill. It is the complete responsibility of a parent to ensure the safety and well being of their children. These people could have drove to Kansas, Ark, or Missouri in less than an hour and got medical care if they were too scared to go to a Tulsa ER. But if these parents had been responsible IN THE FIRST PLACE, and immigrated the proper way instead of ILLEGALY, theree would have beed a medicaid PCP assigned to this child. I have ZERO sympathy for these people. They deserve to be prosecuted for abuse and neglect. Throw them both into Oklahoma’s prison system with charges of child abuse on their backs…they’ll get their justice!

Answer by JUSTME
Yes, it is a sad situation that this child passed. But the fault lies entirely on the parents shoulders, not ours.

Perhaps he would have gotten the care he needed in Mexico.

Answer by ferengifighter
Criminals natural instinct… RUN… 3 cheers for Oklahoma we3 do not have to sit by and be over run by illegals, 49 states to go

Answer by hockey g
So much for Bush’s “family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande”.Apparently in this case they did.

Answer by Last tango
It would not have been an issue if the parents would have:

1 Actually cared more about their child than their own criminal status.
2 been here legally

I really hope the parents are caught and charged with negligent homicide. Now they are guilty of violating even more of the US law. I do like how the bleeding heart article whines about the law and not the responsibility of these criminal parents.