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Texas Police Refuse to Take Immigrant Woman with Schizophrenia to Hospital after ICE Request



Officials in Texas are refusing to launch a younger immigrant woman from jail to be handled at a hospital, despite warnings from her household and advocates that she is in determined want of medical care to deal with an episode of schizophrenia that brought on her to go lacking final week.

Tania Silva was initially arrested hours after her household filed a lacking individuals report, saying they’d not seen their 21-year-old member of the family since she was dropped off for lessons the day earlier than at an Austin group school the place she is learning to turn out to be a veterinarian.

Since then, she has been held within the Travis County Correctional Facility with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintain, which is a request from federal authorities who’re looking for to detain a suspected unlawful immigrant.

“Tania is a pupil, she has been serving to the group. She was a volunteer at the high school the place she went – she went again to volunteer,” Pamela Silva, her youthful sister, informed The Independent, describing the woman whom Austin Police have charged with assaulting an officer on a Thursday morning in an Austin residential neighborhood.

“When she’s not unwell, when she’s not having a psychological disaster, she’s a traditional individual,” she continued. “People see her and know she is a traditional individual. She’s actually calm. Everyone who is aware of her is aware of that.”

The particulars surrounding her case and present detention underline the influence of state laws SB4, which was signed into legislation earlier this 12 months and banned native governments and legislation enforcement businesses in Texas from establishing “sanctuary cities” the place police have discretion to ignore detainer requests from federal immigration authorities and launch immigrants again into their communities.