Hon­duran mom in car­a­van gives birth in U.S.

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation -

SAN DIEGO — A Hon­duran woman af­fil­i­ated with a car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants gave birth on U.S. soil shortly af­ter en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gally amid grow­ing frus­tra­tion about a bot­tle­neck to claim asy­lum at of­fi­cial bor­der cross­ings.

Bor­der Pa­trol agents ar­rested the woman Nov. 26 af­ter she en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally near Im­pe­rial Beach, Calif., across the bor­der from Ti­juana, Mexi- co, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion said this week.

She was ar­rested with her hus­band, 20, and 2year-old son.

The woman, who was eight months preg­nant, was taken to a hos­pi­tal af­ter com­plain­ing about ab­dom­i­nal pain the day af­ter her ar­rest, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion said.

The fam­ily was re­leased from cus­tody Sun­day, pend­ing the out­comes of their im­mi­gra­tion cases.

Univi­sion re­ported that the fam­ily is seek­ing asy­lum and hoped to join fam­ily in Colum­bus, Ohio, while their cases are pend­ing.

Maryury Ser­rano Her­nan­dez, 19, told the net­work giv­ing birth in the United States was a “big re­ward” for the fam­ily’s gru­el­ing jour­ney.

U.S. in­spec­tors at the main bor­der cross­ing in San Diego are pro­cess­ing up to about 100 asy­lum claims day, leav­ing thou­sands of mi­grants wait­ing in Ti­juana. Some are cross­ing il­le­gally and avoid­ing the wait.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said in Oc­to­ber that he could end birthright cit­i­zen­ship with a swipe of his pen. Most schol­ars on the left and right share the view that it would take a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to deny au­to­matic cit­i­zen­ship to chil­dren born in the U.S. to par­ents who are in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Of the more than 6,100 mi­grants stay­ing in a tem­po­rary shel­ter run by the city of Ti­juana, 3,936 were men, 1,147 were women, and 1,068 were chil­dren.

RO­DRIGO ABD/AP

The mi­grant, who was af­fil­i­ated with the car­a­van, said giv­ing birth in the U.S. was a “big re­ward” af­ter the jour­ney.

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