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US Tells Migrant Woman 8 Months Pregnant to Wait in Mexico

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 06 2019 Sep 6, 2019 September 06, 2019 11:38 AM September 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and VERÓNICA G. CÁRDENAS
Associated Press

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - U.S. border agents took a Salvadoran woman who was eight months pregnant to the hospital when she suffered premature contractions, then forced her to leave the country under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, the woman and her lawyer said.

Attorney Jodi Goodwin said the woman was waiting Wednesday with her 3-year-old daughter in a makeshift tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico, next to an international bridge connecting Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas.

There, she joined the more than 38,000 people forced to wait across the border for immigration court hearings under a rapidly expanding Trump administration policy. Her plight highlights the health risks and perils presented by the "Remain in Mexico" program.

Merchant reported from Houston. Associated Press journalist Colleen Long contributed to this report from Washington.

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