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Guatemalan gives birth to healthy boy in immigration custody

Posted: 10:45 PM, Oct 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-24 04:45:10Z

The Border Patrol in Yuma says a Guatemalan woman has given birth to a healthy baby boy while in immigration custody.

The agency says the woman approached agents Sunday and told them she was pregnant and feeling ill. She was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for further attention.
    
Border Patrol officials said Tuesday that the woman delivered her son Monday morning, and the pair was under medical observation. They added that by law the child is a U.S. citizen because he was born on U.S. soil.
    
 The woman is among more than 1,900 Guatemalan migrants who have been arrested by the Yuma Sector Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border since Oct. 1, a 175 percent increase from the same period last year.