Six-month-old migrant girl is in critical condition after her father brought her across the Rio Grande to the US illegally
- A six-month-old girl is in a critical condition at a Texas hospital after her father took her to illegally cross the US from Mexico, federal officials said
- The father and the baby girl were in a group of 21 migrants who were detained shortly after crossing the Rio Grande Thursday around 1.30 a.m.
- The girl was taken to the Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she is now fighting for her life
- & # 39; Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girl and her father in this difficult time & # 39 ;, said Customs and Border Protection in a statement
A six-month-old girl is in a critical condition at a Texas hospital after her father brought her to the US to illegally cross the US on the southern border, federal officials said.
The father and the baby girl were in a group of 21 migrants who were detained shortly after crossing the Rio Grande just three miles from the Roma Port of Entry on Thursday around 1:30 am.
The girl and her father were examined in a medical center and then transferred to a hospital in Edinburg, Texas around 9:30 am.
Doctors decided that she should be taken by air to the Driscoll Children & # 39; s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she is now fighting for her life.
& # 39; Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girl and her father in this difficult time & # 39 ;, said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a statement.
A six-month girl is in a critical condition at a Texas hospital after her father illegally crossed her from Mexico to the US, federal officials said
The Dutch DPA said in a statement: & # 39; Because there was no more room in the helicopter, CBP officers drove the child's father to the hospital to be with his daughter where she continues to receive medical care. & # 39;
Officials must still comment on the most current status or diagnosis of the child.
This is only two months after Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, were found dead and lay face down on the edge of the Rio Grande, seen in a moving picture that shocked the world.
Border Patrol supervises the care for children that it holds on to the border for months.
Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vázquez was identified as the two-year-old who died on May 14 after he and his mother were detained by the Border Patrol in April.
On April 30, 16-year-old Juan de León Gutiérrez died after officials in an HHS detention center found himself sick. He was admitted to intensive care a few days before his death.
After the death of two children, Jakelin Caal Maquín, seven years old, and Felipe Gómez-Alonzo, eight years old in December, the Department of Homeland Security ordered medical checks of all children in custody and extensive medical screenings.
The father and the baby girl were in a group of 21 migrants who were detained shortly after crossing the Rio Grande in Roma Texas Thursday around 1.30 a.m.
Jackeline Caal Maquín (left) and Felipe Gómez-Alonzo (right) are two of the five Guatemalan migrants who have died in custody of US immigration officials since December 2018.
Last week the Ministry of Homeland Security issued a new rule claiming that it could hold migrant children and their parents who cross the border illegally indefinitely.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said the rule would finally replace the Flores Settlement Agreement, which prevents children – and by extension their parents – from being held for longer than 20 days.
But it is immediately confronted with a legal battle because a federal judge must agree to tear up the Flores settlement, with immigrant groups already preparing for a fight that is likely to end in the Supreme Court.
Donald Trump praised the rule as the end of the & # 39; capture and release & # 39; immigration practices, and McAleenan claimed that it would be a significant deterrent to illegal immigration.
During a press conference on Wednesday, McAleenan said that the so-called & # 39; Flores Final Rule & # 39; would keep families together during immigration procedures, and prevent children from becoming a & # 39; pawn & # 39; for those who only want to play the system.
& # 39; No child can be a pawn in a plan to manipulate our immigration system. Therefore, the new rules eliminate the incentive to exploit children as a free ticket or … a passport for migration to the United States, & # 39; McAleenan said.
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