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Migrant Gives Birth to Stillborn in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Release Date: 
November 22, 2021

On November 18, 2021, a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Weslaco, Texas,  Border Patrol station apprehended two migrants, a husband and wife from Venezuela, near Progreso Lakes, Texas.  At approximately 7:14 p.m., the two migrants were transported to the Hidalgo Port of Entry for initial processing.  Approximately an hour and a half later, the migrants were transported to the U.S. Border Patrol Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, for further processing and detention. The woman advised U.S. Border Patrol at both locations she was six months pregnant.

On Nov. 19, 2021, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Customs and Border Protection-contracted medical personnel conducted an initial medical screening of the woman.  The woman did not complain about abdominal pain during her initial screening.  At approximately 8:40 a.m., a Customs and Border Protection-contracted Physician’s Assistant (PA) conducted another medical screening of the woman after she requested medication for high blood pressure.  The PA noticed the woman’s blood pressure was slightly elevated and the woman told the PA she was experiencing a light discharge.  The PA felt the woman’s stomach and observed there was no movement from the baby.  The woman told the PA she had not felt her baby move for several days.  The PA requested the woman be taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., the woman was transported to the South Texas Health Systems Emergency Room where she was evaluated by medical personnel.  While at South Texas Health Systems, medical personnel were unable to find the baby’s heartbeat and recommended the woman be transported to the McAllen Medical Center.  At approximately 1:07 p.m., the woman was admitted into the McAllen Medical Center, and medical personnel induced labor.  At approximately 2:37 p.m., the woman delivered a child with no heartbeat and medical personnel declared the child deceased.  Medical personnel estimated the child was approximately 23 weeks along.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing this incident.  The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General was also notified of the incident.


Last modified: 
November 23, 2021