WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Maryury Elizabeth Serrano-Hernandez, 19 and seven months pregnant, left Honduras with her family to try to cross into the US.
- They illegally crossed the border because they felt scared of staying in the migrant camp in Mexico.
- Within 24 hours of scrambling up the wall, Serrano-Hernandez gave birth in the US; however, they said they were treated like criminals afterward.
A 19-year-old Honduran woman gave birth in the United States within 24 hours after she and her family climbed over the border wall. The first from the migrant caravan to do so, her move would likely rekindle the debate surrounding birthright citizenship.
Seven months pregnant when she left Honduras, Maryury Elizabeth Serrano-Hernandez together with her husband Miguel Ortiz, 20, and 3-year-old son started their 2,000- mile travel to Tijuana, Mexico. They made it there late last month where they joined thousands of others who are hoping to cross into the US.
During their stay in the migrant camp, Maryury and her husband said they were surrounded by Mexicans who didn’t seem happy with their presence. Fearing for their safety, they decided to cross the border illegally.
They were met by three border patrol agents across the border who ordered them to go back to Tijuana. The family refused and asked for asylum instead. Thus, they were brought to the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego County for processing.
As events started unfolding, Maryury started feeling a bit of pain, which she thought at first was caused by nerves. It turned out that she was in labor. Border agents brought her to the local hospital where she gave birth to a baby boy.
But it’s no bed of roses for the family following the birth.
“I felt like a criminal,” said Maryury.
Ortiz claimed that immigration officials stood guard outside the hospital room and tried handcuffing her wife right after giving birth. People entering and exiting the room were all inspected. Nurses who held a donation drive gave the family clothes, diapers, baby wipes and food. However, all of these were confiscated once they were brought back to the San Diego detention center.
Border Patrol declined to give any comments regarding data Fox News made on pregnant migrant women attempting to give birth in the US nor did they give any reply to Ortiz’ claims. Just that the family was “placed into immigration proceedings and released on their own recognizance on December 2,” Border Patrol told Fox News.
In October, President Trump threatened to end birthright citizenship with an executive order. However, others contend that a constitutional amendment is required. He also ordered the deployment of 5,600 troops to patrol the border. Supposedly ending on Dec. 15, the border mission was extended up to early 2019 by Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Source: Fox News