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US border centre scrutinized after teen found with preemie

Last Updated Jun 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm PDT

FILE - In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent walks between vehicles outside the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Advocates were shocked to find an underage mom and her tiny, premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility the second week of June 2019, in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrant families receive after crossing the border. The mother is a Guatemalan teen who crossed the border without a parent and was held at a facility in McAllen, Texas, with other families with children. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

A U.S. border patrol facility in Texas is under new scrutiny after a teenage mother was found there with a premature baby.

Immigrant advocates expected the facility in the border city of McAllen to allow doctors inside on Saturday to conduct health assessments. It was not immediately clear whether those assessments took place.

Immigrant advocacy group volunteer Hope Frye says the baby’s 17-year-old mother is from Guatemala and had an emergency cesarean section in Mexico in early May before crossing the border with the baby in June.

The mother was in a wheelchair in extreme pain when legal advocates found her this week with the tiny baby. The advocates believe the baby belonged at a hospital neonatal unit.

Trump administration officials say the number of arriving migrants is overwhelming.

The Associated Press