SCCHC featured in The Atlantic: The Deportation Fears of Immigrants With Disabled Children

 If the parents are picked up by immigration authorities, what happens to their kids?

Every few minutes, Abril begins to choke. Diagnosed as a baby with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, the Santa Cruz, California, 8-year-old has never spoken, or walked or cleared her own throat.

Dozens of times a day, her parents, Rafael and Sonia, use a special machine to suction out saliva and phlegm from their older daughter’s mouth. Because choking and seizures can strike Abril anytime, a parent is always by her side.

Rafael and Sonia, both from Mexico, have lived in this country without permission for more than a decade. But only since the recent presidential election has a question haunted them: If they are deported, what will happen to Abril?

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