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Advocate: Immigrant mom and premature newborn detained

9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, June 13 2019 Jun 13, 2019 June 13, 2019 1:16 PM June 13, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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.

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