October 3, 2020

At the beginning of October, a pregnant woman migrating with her husband in the Sonoran desert was
experiencing pre-term contractions when CBP officials encountered her. CBP transported the mother to
Tucson Medical Center to undergo an emergency cesarean section, and detained the father, separating him
from the rest of the family. CBP removed him to Mexico within a few days. The Florence Project feared that
the mother, upon discharge from the hospital, would be returned to Mexico pursuant to Title 42 while her
newborn, nursing son remained in the neonatal intensive care unit. Thankfully, through Florence Project
representation and congressional advocacy, CBP granted the mother parole. The father remains separated from his family, and it is unclear whether the mother would have remained with her newborn without
significant intervention from a third party.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “October 15 Update from KBI”, October 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Family Separation

Accountability Status: No steps taken, Shared with congressional oversight committees