According to new reports, a migrant woman who illegally entered the United States after traveling from Honduras with her husband gave birth in US custody after being detained in California.
The woman, named Maryuri, traveled with her husband, Miguel, and 3-year-old son through Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico to the US border, where they illegally entered, with Maryuri later giving birth to a son in San Diego.
Now, the young parents are the legal guardians of a US citizen, with father Miguel saying his wife “did her part,” and Maryuri saying that, at times, she “felt like a criminal.”
The couple has filed for asylum in the United States, and are now working with liberal pro-immigration groups to secure their citizenship.
The issue of anchor babies has been a point of contention for Republicans, including President Trump himself, with the ongoing situation at the US-Mexico border proving to be a dynamic issue for both Republicans and Democrats, who remain bitterly divided.
From NBC San Diego:
A young woman who spent weeks traveling with a caravan of Central American migrants while pregnant gave birth in San Diego after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to request asylum.
Maryuri was more than seven months pregnant when she left Honduras on Oct. 17 with her husband, Miguel, and their 3-year-old son. The family trekked across the countries of Guatemala and Mexico, traveling north by foot and by bus until they reached Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
“He was born here in San Diego,” Maryuri said holding her 8-day-old son — a United States citizen by birth — in an interview with NBC 7’s sister station, Telemundo 20.
The already-difficult journey to get to the United States was made even more complicated for the family because of Maryuri’s pregnancy.
“Thank God she did her part, but there were times we stayed until the last [of the caravan],” Miguel said.
After spending some time in a Tijuana shelter, the couple said they did not feel safe, surrounded by some Mexicans who were hostile towards their presence, and decided to cross the border illegally.
According to the Customs and Border Protection officials, on Monday, Nov. 26, agents assigned to patrol the Imperial Beach coast spotted the pregnant woman attempting to cross.
It was about 8 p.m. when the couple asked for asylum from the United States and was taken into custody, they told NBC 7’s sister station, Telemundo 20.
Maryuri said she did not know the next day she would give birth to her second son in a San Diego hospital.
“The day I came across I felt a little pain, but I thought it will be because of my nerves,” Maryuri said. The next morning, the pain increased she was taken to a hospital in San Diego, according to CBP.
The baby was born on Nov. 27, 2018.
The mother and son spent several more days at the hospital, where she said at times, “I felt like a criminal.”