Advocate: Immigrant mom and premature newborn detained
PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates were shocked to find a teenage mom and her premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrants receive.
The mother is a Guatemalan teen who crossed the border without a parent and was held at a facility in McAllen, Texas.
Hope Frye, a volunteer who visits detention centers to ensure they comply with federal guidelines, said the baby was born in Mexico in early May has a head the size of her fist. She says the baby should have immediately received medical care.
Frye said the mom was in a wheelchair and in extreme pain.
Advocates say they are being sent to a facility for underage immigrants on Friday.
Customs and Border Protection has not commented.