Janie Flores

STAFF at Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston Called Police to Arrest Undocumented Latina in Front of Her Two Young Daughters

In About on September 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Map of Northeast Women's Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

Map of Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

I came across a story on my twitter feed this morning posted by @KidsImmigration that just breaks my grandmotherly heart on so many levels.  An undocumented mother in Houston was arrested in front of her two daughters at her doctor’s office, Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic, after the staff called police because they “suspected” she was using false documents.  An avalanche of questions exploded in my mind!

Who does such a cruel thing?  What motivates someone to tear someone’s life apart in front of her children?  And who is the “staff” at the Northeast Women’s Healthcare clinic in Houston, TX who would do that to a patient in their clinic?  There is usually a self-righteous instigator, agitator, initiator who bullies the rest to go along with this type of behavior.  Who was it?  Was it Dr. David J. Bonilla, was it Dr. Vonne Jones, was it Dr. Miles E. Mahan, was it RN Penny Norman, was it RN Susana Kataka-Gitu?  Why didn’t someone stand up and say this is not part of our job?  Is this the type of action that Memorial Hermann Medical Group encourages and condones from their employees? Does President & CEO Dan Woltermann applaud the actions of the staff?  What happened to the Hippocratic Oath the doctors swore to uphold? Is the state of women’s health care and medical care in general such that providers have now become an active part of law enforcement and Homeland Security?  Are these doctors to be trusted?

This is a sad day for us.   Whichever side of the immigration debate you stand on, this was not handled correctly.  This was hateful and vindictive.  And where are the evangelical Christian voices in Houston who should be opposed to this type of heartless, cruel action?  I call on the Christian community to express disapproval and indignation that a person made in God’s own image could be treated so inhumanely:  Lakewood Church, Second Baptist Church, Fellowship Church, The Woodlands Church, New Light Church, The Fountain of Praise, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Church Without Walls, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Community of Faith, Champion Forest Baptist Church…

Familia, we should not remain quiet in the face of the injustices that continue to pile up against our community nationwide.  We must voice our concern on social media, call your government officials to account, call the media to account, and stop patronizing and supporting organizations that mistreat our people.  Hold these individuals, companies, organizations accountable for their actions.  We are on the moral right of this issue!

‘He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19

‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:19

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:33-34

“The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  Psalms 146:9





From the Northeast Women’s Healthcare website at http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/locations/mhmg-northeast-women-s-healthcare/:

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

  1. This is not just a bad thing to do in this case it has done irreparable harm to the reasons why patient confidentiality is a protected privilege. We want patients to tell the truth to their physicians & health care workers because protecting those people and the public at large requires full disclosure. What if the woman is being abused by her spouse? What if the illegal immigrant may have been exposed to a communicable disease? If these people can’t confide in doctors then patients and the public are at greater risk. That is why we try so hard to get people to understand about doctor-patient confidentiality. That is why we don’t treat doctors and hospitals as arms of law enforcement. So many immigrants come from countries where they can’t trust their doctors. Overcoming their reluctance is difficult. What this clinic has done is unconscionable and they haven’t even apologized.

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