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Pregnant Women Hope For U.S. Shelter In Tijuana

Pregnant Women Hope For U.S. Shelter In Tijuana

A rising number of expectant moms are among the many migrants coming in every day from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador — even Haiti — to more than 30 already overflowing shelters in Tijuana, Mexico.

“More women are arriving pregnant or with infants,” mentioned pastor Gustavo Banda of the Embajadores de Jesús (Ambassadors of Jesus) church, which operates a shelter in Cañón del Alacrán (Scorpion’s Canyon) on the outskirts of Tijuana. “We have now quite a lot of Haitian ladies and some Central American.”

Some ladies also get pregnant while they wait.

These pregnant ladies are here as a result of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program requires some U.S.-certain asylum applicants to register at ports of entry after which return to Mexican border cities to wait as their claims are processed.

It’s an interval of great anxiousness if only because many want their kids born in America. The U.S. Structure ensures that each youngster born on American soil automatically turns into a U.S. citizen. Mexico additionally provides birthright citizenship. However it’s not exactly the same: A toddler born in Mexico, no matter their mother and father’ nationalities, automatically turns into a Mexican citizen after they turn 18.U.S. Customs and Border Protection keeps no file of what number of pregnant ladies have applied for asylum. However, Mexican shelters report the number is rising.

Like the times, weeks, and months cross, whereas these ladies wait, obtaining prenatal care is difficult. They rely primarily on volunteer medical employees for his or her checkups, sonograms, ultrasounds, and prenatal vitamins. Inconsistent prenatal care leaves them vulnerable to miscarriage and other problems.

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