EL PASO — A mother's struggle to be with her ailing baby, separated by only miles, but much more is keeping the two apart.
While the young mother waits for word from Customs and Border Protection, she doesnt have time to worry about her legal status, only time to worry about her baby's life.
A life-threatening cancer in both of his eyes, 4-month old Jesus Emmanuel Breceda may lose his eyesight and his life.
Dr. Benjamin Carcamo, a pediatric oncologist at El Paso Children's Hospital and Texas Tech HSC physician, says he was probably born with bilateral retinoblastoma.
"This is a very difficult situation, because he's at risk of losing both eyes plus risk of death if not properly treated," Dr. Carcamo said.
Baby Jesus has a nurse, doctors and his two uncles nearby, but his mother is not here.
"I feel very sad because I wish I could be with him, he's very sick," said 20 year old Alejandra Breceda Reyes, mother of Jesus.
"I want to be with him. I want them to please let me go through, so I can be with him. He doesn't drink any formula. He only drinks breast milk. He needs me. In fact I've tried to give him formula and he doesn't like it."
Reyes is not allowed into the United States. When she was returning to the U.S. from a doctor's visit in Juarez in July, she was held up at the border. Even though she says she had the right permit.
in documents obtained by local four...reyes admits she was living in el paso since april of 2008... but she didn't get her visa until October 21, 2011.
The officer asks, "When you applied for your student visa, did you disclose to the consulate that you have been living in the u-s illegally? If not, why?".
Reyes replies, "No. I didn't mention that because I was afraid that the student visa would be denied."
Thus giving Customs and Border Protection Agents the right to take away her crossing card and student visa.
But baby Jesus is stuck in the middle of all of this and his doctors are asking for Humanitarian Parole for his mother.
This is a letter Dr. Carcamo wrote "The treatment is very involved and we need his mother here to care for her child and participate in treatment process. Please allow her to come to US on humanitarian grounds"
"The eye is an emergency we start right away because we are losing the eye as we speak," Dr. Carcamo said.
Unless granted humanitarian parole, this mother can only look at pictures of her 4 month old. The baby who doctors say desperately needs his mother.
We reached out to Customs and Border Protection today spokesperson Roger Maier says in an email "Today is a federal holiday and most people are out." He says he'll comment tomorrow. CBP doesn't usually comment on individual cases, but they did refer us to an explanation of humanitarian parole on their website.