A six-month-old girl is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after she was approached by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, her father and 21 other people illegally which crossed the Rio Grande into the United States, officials said. Saturday.
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A CBP spokesman said the group was arrested three miles west of the Rome Port of Entry at 1:30 pm Thursday. The father and his daughter were taken to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Central Processing Center in McAllen, where medical staff said the child should be treated at a hospital.
The girl was first taken to the Edinburg Regional Children Hospital in Edinburg at 9:40 a.m., then passed to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. The CBP statement added that the boy's father had been flown to the hospital by CBP officials because there was no space for him in the medical helicopter.
Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told "Fox and Friends" on Saturday that the case was "truly pathetic."
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There was a violent increasing the number of families crossing the border – nearly 475,000 so far this year's budget, nearly three times the previous year's record for families. Most are released in the US while their asylum appeals to the air through the courts – a practice that Trump has dubbed "catch-and-release."
This week, the Trump administration said it was implementing changes to the so-called "Flores agreement," saying migrant children can be confined to a maximum of 20 days and must be kept in a minimum restrictive setting. The government currently operates three family detention centers that can hold about 3,000 people. One is used for single adults, and the other two are capable.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.