Mexican boy with massive tumor crosses the border for treatment in the U.S.

A 9-year-old boy with a massive tumor was whisked from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in an armored vehicle by U.S. federal agents and taken across the border for treatment in New Mexico, The Associated Press reported.

With no money for medical care, the family sought treatment in Juarez and El Paso, but did not receive any help removing the tumor, which has afflicted Jose since birth.

Si Budagher, pastor of First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, N.M., said the church members spotted the boy while doing missionary work and felt compelled to do something to help him. Church members only recently resumed missionary work in the border city after homicide rates have fallen in Ciudad Juarez this year.

Denise Gutierrez, a victim assistance coordinator for Homeland Security Investigations,  said the boy and his parents were granted a 45-day humanitarian visa for treatment in New Mexico, and a coalition of U.S. federal agencies began working to get them into the United States.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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