by Brian Hayes
For the first time ever, Border Patrol officers are returning pregnant migrants to Mexico — most of them crossing the border in their 8th and 9th months of pregnancy — and the media and Democrats are absolutely livid over it.
Under the headline, “Pregnant women, other vulnerable asylum seekers are returned to Mexico to await hearings,” the Los Angeles Times described how President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy is reducing the ability of adventurous migrants to give birth in the United States:
When Enma Hernandez crossed the Rio Grande here illegally about two weeks ago and approached Border Patrol agents seeking asylum, she told them she was eight months pregnant.
Hernandez, 26, said she had fled Guatemala hoping to join her husband and 2-year-old daughter in Miami. Instead, U.S. immigration officials returned her to Ciudad Juarez under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Hernandez says American officials have always previously let pregnant women remain in the U.S. until their asylum cases were decided. “We should be an exception because we are vulnerable,” she said. “It’s dangerous for us here.”
Four other pregnant migrants crossed the bridge on Thursday with her, along with a new mother carrying her 6-day-old daughter. All were immediately put into the Remain in Mexico program.
Anchor babies DENIED!
Under President Barack Obama, all pregnant migrants were invited to remain in the United States pending a courtroom hearing for their asylum claims. Many never showed up for their hearings.
But when the vast majority (over 90%) of those migrants lost their claims for asylum, Obama’s deputies barred enforcement officials from deporting the migrants because of their U.S.-born children, dubbed “anchor babies.”
Many migrants recognized this opportunity and rationally grabbed American citizenship for their children. However, the new policy may reduce the number of visibly pregnant migrants who try to claim asylum.
An October 2918 study by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that almost 300,000 children are born to illegal immigrants each year. That number is equivalent to one of every thirteen children born each year.
By May 17, the Department of Homeland Security had sent 6,004 migrants back to Mexico, including several pregnant migrants.
The returned migrants, however, are far slower than the flood across the border. During April and May, roughly 200,000 migrants rushed through the catch and release loopholes to cross the border.
The Remain in Mexico program — which is now called the “Migrant Protection Protocols ” — is growing because it has survived the first round of legal fights.
BorderPac estimates the Remain in Mexico policy could reduce the number of migrants admitted to the U.S. each year by nearly 200,000.
No wonder the left is losing their minds over it.