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Border Patrol Shocks Again With News That A Mother And Her Premature Baby Were Kept In Cages At Texas Immigration Facility

It seems like week after week we get news of another heartbreaking situation from behind US immigration facilities. Deaths of migrant children or trans detainees, outbreaks of infectious diseases, lack of access to proper medical care.

Sadly, this week is no different as we learn about the truly inhumane conditions currently being faced by immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A premature baby and its teen mother were found severely neglected at a Texas immigration facility.

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The 17-year-old girl from Guatemala was forced to have an emergency cesarean section in Mexico in early May. After the C-Section, the woman crossed the border with her baby on June 4. She told immigration lawyers who found her at a Border Patrol facility this week that people had carried her and her baby through the Rio Grande River, and that she had needed help getting into a Border Patrol car when they apprehended her.

Instead of taking the mother and premature baby to an intensive care unit or medical facility, Border Patrol took them to the McAllen processing facility.

According to the AP, they were held in an overcrowded McAllen processing facility that holds hundreds of parents and children in large, fenced-in areas and gained international attention last year when it detained children separated from their parents. Advocates describe them as cages and say they are extremely cold. The converted warehouse is the same location where a flu outbreak caused authorities to shut down the facility last month.

Only after lawyers for the mother went public with her story, did Border Patrol decide to transfer them to a private facility for proper care.

After the immigration lawyers went public with the conditions the mother and child were in—one told the Huffington Post that the mother had to sit in a wheelchair because of the pain from the C-section, that the baby was “weak and listless,” likely due to dropping body temperature, and that the child had not cried in five hours—Border Patrol suddenly decided on Thursday to transfer them to a private facility for underage immigrants.

People have taken to Twitter with reactions ranging from shock and disgust to horror and anger.

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Disgust was the most common reaction across Twitter with this story and, like, why wouldn’t it be? A US government agency allowed a teen mother still in pain from an emergency c-section and her premature baby to be held in cages rather then give them proper medical care.

Other’s have come out accusing the Republican-led administration of absolute hypocrisy.

I mean it seems like over and over the party is enacting legislation to ban abortion on a so-called mission to protect innocent life. But that alleged compassion disappears if the child is already born – especially to an immigrant mother.

People are so outraged that even the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had so step up and issue clear guidelines to avoid incidents like this in the future.

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It usually takes a miracle for the ORR to make any sort of positive change in favor of migrants, so this story definitely had a huge impact on people.

And it shows that if enough people speak out to help defend these migrants from such shockingly cruel conditions, change is possible.

While many pointed out on Twitter that they should of done the right thing for this mother and child from the very beginning.

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There is strength is numbers and the next time news of a story like this one breaks, remember the change we made possible before. And speak up again!

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