Pregnant Migrant Woman Had Labor Stopped By American Doctors, Taken Back to Mexico By U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

An eight-and-a-half month pregnant migrant woman travelling from El Salvador was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande, and while the anonymous woman began experiencing labor contractions U.S. border agents took her to a hospital where American doctors gave her medications that would stop her labor and was quickly sent back to Mexico. The Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols, has demanded that migrants who wish to seek asylum must go through the process outside of the United States, leaving many to wait in Mexican cities along the border. Additionally, President Trump has pushed for “safe third country” agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. These agreements urge those nations to absorb some of the migrants who wish to seek asylum in the United States. The agreement with Guatemala, which was signed by President Trump and the Guatemalan minister of interior in July, states that any migrants who travelled by land through Guatemala and did not first seek asylum there will be automatically ineligible to seek asylum in the United States. The woman is now waiting in a tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico with her young daughter, and […]

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