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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 05:58 PM

US sends pregnant migrant having contractions back to Mexico

Source: Associated Press

US sends pregnant migrant having contractions back to Mexico

Associated Press in Matamoros
Fri 6 Sep 2019 19.32 BST Last modified on Fri 6 Sep 2019 21.14 BST

A Salvadoran woman who was eight and a half months pregnant and experiencing contractions was apprehended by US border patrol after crossing the Rio Grande and forced to go back to Mexico.

Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions. And then, according to the woman and her lawyer, she was almost immediately sent back to Mexico.

There, she joined the more than 38,000 people forced to wait across the border for immigration court hearings under a rapidly expanding Trump administration policy. And her plight highlights the health risks and perils presented by the Remain in Mexico program.

The woman was waiting on Thursday with her three-year-old daughter in a makeshift tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico, next to an international bridge, due to give birth any day, said her attorney, Jodi Goodwin.

“She’s concerned about having the baby in the street or having to have the baby in a shelter,” Goodwin said.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/06/us-immigration-pregnant-woman-mexico-trump-policy

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