A six-month-old girl is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after US customs and border guards arrested her, her father and 21 other people who illegally crossed the Rio Grande to the United States Saturday.
CUCCINELLI BRINGS HARDLINE STAMP TO IMMIGRATION AGENDA, ONLY 2 MONTHS TO THE USCIS WORKPLACE. The father and his daughter were taken to the Central Processing Center of the Rio Grande Valley Sector in McAllen, where medical staff indicated that the child should be hospitalized.
The girl was first taken to the Edinburgh Children's Hospital in Edinburgh at 9:40 am and then flown to the Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. The CBP statement added that the child's father was rushed to the hospital by CBP officials because there was no room for him in the medical helicopter.
Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox & Friends on Saturday that the case is "truly tragic."
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The number of families crossing the border has risen dramatically – 475,000 so far in this financial year, almost triple the previous year's record for families. Most of them are released to the US while their asylum applications go through the courts – a practice that Trump has mocked as "catch and release."
This week, the Trump Administration announced it would make changes to the so-called "Flores" agreement, "stating that migrant children can only be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 days and must be kept in the most restrictive environment possible There are three family detention centers that can accommodate approximately 3,000 people, one used for single adults, the other two working at full capacity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.