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Premature immigrant baby found in the Texas Border Patrol facility



The teenage pigtailed girl was hunched in a wheelchair and holding a sweatshirt in her hand when an immigration lawyer met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas.

She opened the sweatshirt and the attorney gasped. It was a tiny baby who was prematurely born and held in detention, rather than where the lawyer believes the baby should have been – in a hospital's neonatal ward.

"You look at this baby and there's no question this baby should be in custody" A tube with a heart monitor, "said Hope Frye, a volunteer from an immigrant group that travels the country to visit immigration centers with children To make sure the facilities comply with federal guidelines.

Frye and other supporters point out the case After crossing the US-Mexico border, immigrants are being held in poor conditions because the government has an unprecedented number of families and children

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The 17-year-old mother from Guatemala had a caesarean section in Mexico in early May and crossed the baby line, June 4, Frye said.

She was in a wheelchair and was in extreme pain when lawyers found her this week. The girl told lawyers that she had crossed the border across the Rio Grande, but people needed to carry her, and that she also needed help to get into a Border Patrol car when she was arrested Underage immigrants with no parents on Thursday after a social media outcry.

They were in a crowded McAllen processing plant housing hundreds of parents and children in large, fenced areas that received international acclaim last year when it kept children separated from their parents. Lawyers call them cages and say they are extremely cold. The converted warehouse is the same one where the authorities shut down the facility last month due to a flu outbreak.

The Trump government has been criticized on a daily basis for migrants' conditions of detention.

Since the end of last year, five children have been arrested by the border police. Immigrants were detained outdoors for a long time near a bridge in El Paso, under conditions that a professor who recently visited the place told Texas Monthly Magazine as a "human dog paw."

Overcrowding at a processing center in El Paso with 76 migrants in a tiny cell for 12 people. The investigators saw immigrants standing in toilets to make room and to find room to breathe, because the cell was so tight.

In a letter to Congress this week Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, and Alex Azar, "We continue to experience a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border of the United States, and the situation is getting worse with each passing day," write .

Customs and Border Guards say their agents are overwhelmed and have neither the means nor the means to deal with the influx. Health and Human Services, the government agency responsible for taking care of unaccompanied children after they have been released from custody by the border authorities, said there are currently more than 13,000 children in their care. The agency plans to add new facilities for children in New Mexico, Texas and a military base in Oklahoma.

Families and minor migrants who cross the border are detained in border patrols designed primarily for single adult males. no mothers, newborns and sick infants. Families are regularly kept in them for much longer than a maximum of 72 hours.

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MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers wait until they are arrested by US border guards near McAllen, Texas on June 12, 2018. The families were then sent to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border agencies are enforcing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers wait until they are arrested on June 12, 2018 by US border guards near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border agencies are enforcing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers are being detained by US border guards near McAllen, Texas on June 12, 2018. The families were then sent to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border agencies are enforcing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A US Border Guard takes into custody a group of Central American asylum seekers on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then taken to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – June 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries when her mother is searched and imprisoned in McAllen near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 , Texas. The asylum-seekers had fled the Rio Grande from Mexico and been arrested by US border guards before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implements the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: US Border guards detain Central American asylum seekers on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then taken to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A US Border Guard is looking for groups of asylum seekers arriving from Mexico on June 12, 2018, off the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas. cross. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: US Border guards detain Central American asylum seekers on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then taken to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers wait as US border guards take custody of groups of them on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: US Border guards detain a group of Central American asylum seekers on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then taken to a CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) processing center for possible separation. The US border authorities are implementing the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – June 12: A Honduran mother arrests her two-year-old as US border guards as agents check her papers near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 McAllen, Texas. The asylum-seekers had fled the Rio Grande from Mexico and been arrested by US border guards before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implements the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – June 12: A two-year-old Honduran woman stands with her mother after being arrested on June 12, 2018 by US border guards near the US-Mexico border McAllen, Texas was arrested. The asylum seekers had ridden across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were arrested before being sent to a Border Patrol processing center for possible separation. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implements the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A US Border Patrol spotlight shines on a frightened mother and son from Honduras who are in the dark on June 12 near the US border and Mexico were found. 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had flown from Mexico across the Rio Grande and perished in the forest. They were then arrested by border guards and sent to a processing center for possible separation. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implements the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: Border guards arrest on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas, a group of Central American asylum seekers near the border between the US and Mexico. The group of women and children had flown across Mexico from the Rio Grande and been imprisoned before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implements the Trump government's zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States of America, also said that domestic violence and gang violence in the immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)




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Frye met the teenage girl on Tuesday for the first time at McAllen's facility. The girl said the border authorities had forced her to throw away a rucksack with the baby's clothes and give her nothing else. So the baby was wearing a dirty romper wrapped in a sweatshirt given to her by another migrant mother.

At some point the baby got sick and was listless and unresponsive, Frye said.

Frye said the baby and her mother should never have stayed there. She said she was not sure how early the baby was born, but described it as "tiny," with a head "as big as my fist or smaller than my fist." Girl and baby were detained, did not commented.

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This story has been corrected to show that mother and daughter were mislaid on Thursday, not Friday.

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Burke contributed to this report from San Francisco.


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