February 1, 2021

Last week a 23-year-old Salvadoran woman who was 36 weeks pregnant arrived at our migrant aid center
after BP agents expelled her under Title 42. When she was detained, she began to have strong headaches
and was concerned that the stress was causing her to go into premature labor, something that had happened
to her in a previous pregnancy. Border Patrol agents denied her medical attention three times, but she felt
very ill and insisted on seeing a doctor. A Border Patrol agent responded by accusing her of lying, and
threatened that she would face federal criminal charges if she kept causing problems. She continued
insisting, and was finally taken to the hospital, where they discovered she was 2 cm dilated. After her
headaches ceased, they expelled her to Nogales, Sonora, MX.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “February 4 Update From KBI”, July 2021.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abusive Language, Denial of Medical Care

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL