A Honduran woman may have been the first caravan migrant to give birth on American soil after crossing the border.
Maryury Elizabeth Serrano-Hernandez is a 19-year-old migrant from Honduras who was trying to immigrate to the U.S. with her husband and 3-year-old son. She was more than seven months pregnant when she left her home country, according to Fox News.
The family crossed the border illegally due to them fearing for their family’s safety and not being willing to wait for the U.S. government to process their asylum request.
However, less than 24 hours after crossing the border, Serrano-Hernandez gave birth to a boy.
“With the faith in God, I always said my son will be born there (in America),” Serrano-Hernandez said to Univision, who documented their journey.
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Yet the woman said immigration officials did not treat her family fairly, claiming they stood guard outside her hospital room and attempted to handcuff her once she gave birth.
“I felt like a criminal,” Serrano-Hernandez said.
Border Patrol agents told Fox News that the family was “placed into immigration proceedings and released on their own recognizance on December 2.” It is uncertain if the family will be given asylum to stay in the U.S. due to the child being an American citizen.
This may rekindle the debate about birthright citizenship, which President Donald Trump has said in the past is a problem and should be ended.