Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals raises fears

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MIAMI (AP) - Medical professionals and human rights advocates warn Border Patrol agents are growing their presence at hospitals and creating a chilling effect on immigrant populations around the country.

A Border Patrol agent was seen earlier this week freely roaming the hallways of a Miami-area hospital as he waited for a woman who fell ill during her detention. The agent in olive green uniform stepped in and out of the room as the woman received treatment.

Hospitals around the country are struggling with where to draw the line to protect patients' rights while meeting rising immigration enforcement demands in the Trump administration.

The agency that oversees Border Patrol said earlier this year that its agents averaged 69 trips to the hospital a day.

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