Pregnant Migrant Woman Sent Back To Mexico In Labor, Alyssa Milano Furious

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Progressives, including actress Alyssa Milano, are furious after the United States Border Patrol stopped a migrant from giving birth in the United States.

The woman, from El Salvador, was eight and a half months pregnant and started having contractions when she was crossing the Rio Grande, Time Magazine reported.

The woman was brought to the hospital by Border Patrol where she was given medication to stop the contractions and sent back to Mexico.


She is now with the approximately 38,000 others who are awaiting hearings with the “Remain In Mexico” program.

Her attorney, Jodi Goodwin, said the woman brought her 3-year-old daughter with and they are in a tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico.

The “Remain in Mexico” program — officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — was instituted by the U.S. and Mexico as a way of deterring migrants from crossing the border to seek asylum.

Mexico has cooperated with the expansion of the program at the behest of President Donald Trump, who threatened crippling tariffs in June if Mexico did not do more to stop migrants.


The U.S. government does not automatically exempt pregnant women from the program. U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the woman’s case.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said people in “vulnerable populations” may be exempt from being sent to Mexico. But pregnant women are not necessarily considered “vulnerable” by CBP, a subsidiary of the department.

Did Border Patrol do the correct thing?

“In some cases, pregnancy may not be observable or disclosed, and may not in and of itself disqualify an individual from being amenable for the program,” Border Patrol said.

“Agents and officers would consider pregnancy, when other associated factors exist, to determine amenability for the program,” it said.

“Disgraceful. A heavily pregnant Migrant crossed the U.S. border experiencing contractions. American doctors stopped her labor, then sent her back to Mexico, Milano said.

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