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A Honduran woman is believed to be the first member of the migrant caravan to have a child in the United States after scaling the border wall with her family and giving birth within 24 hours.

The move is likely to reignite the debate surrounding “anchor babies” and birthright citizenship. President Trump threatened in October to end birthright citizenship with an executive order, although others believe it would require a constitutional amendment.

Maryury Elizabeth Serrano-Hernandez, 19, was more than seven months pregnant when she left Honduras, along with her husband Miguel Ortiz, 20, and their three-year-old son, travelling more than 2,000 miles.

Late last month, they finally made their way to Tijuana, Mexico, where thousands of other Central Americans had gathered, hoping to cross into the United States.

At the makeshift camp, Serrano-Hernandez and her husband say they feared for their safety after being surrounded by Mexicans who weren’t happy they were there. Scared and outnumbered, they decided to cross the border illegally. U.S. inspectors at the main border crossing in San Diego are processing up to about 100 asylum claims every day. Some desperate migrants are crossing the border illegally, avoiding the wait.

Calling the birth in the U.S. a “big reward” for her family’s journey, Serrano-Hernandez told Univision, which documented parts of their journey: “With the faith in God, I always said my son will be born there (in America).”

After somehow climbing the border wall, Serrano-Hernandez and her family were met by three border patrol agents who demanded they return to Tijuana. The family refused and asked for asylum. They were taken to the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego County for processing.

As the events were unfolding however, Serrano-Hernandez could tell something wasn’t quite right.

“The day I came across, I felt a little pain, but I thought it will be because of my nerves,” she said.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency told Fox News: “The woman, who was eight months pregnant, began complaining of abdominal pain (Nov. 27) and was immediately transported to a local hospital by Border Patrol agents.”

Serrano-Hernandez was in labor. Soon thereafter, she gave birth to a baby boy.

But it wasn’t all roses and rainbows after that.

“I felt like a criminal,” Serrano-Hernandez said.

Her husband claims immigration officials, who stood guard outside the hospital room, closed all the windows and tried placing handcuffs on the new mother moments after giving birth. They also inspected food brought in by nurses and monitored people entering and exiting the room. The nurses held a drive and gifted the family clothes, diapers and baby wipes but Ortiz says once his family returned to the San Diego detention center, their property was confiscated.

Border Patrol did not respond to specific inquiries Fox News made about whether agents took the items, nor did they respond to requests seeking data on the number of pregnant women making similar attempts to give birth on U.S. soil. Border Patrol did tell Fox News that the family was “placed into immigration proceedings and released on their own recognizance on December 2.”

President Trump has vowed to stop migrants from entering the U.S. He’s ramped up rhetoric about the types of people seeking asylum and claims many in the caravan are hardened criminals and ready to wreak havoc. He’s also sent thousands of troops to patrol the border.

The border mission was supposed to come to an end on Dec. 15, but on Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis extended the deployments of active duty troops into early 2019.

Currently, there are about 5,600 troops stationed in Texas, Arizona and California. Some troops in California have been helping Border Patrol place concertina wire and construct concrete barriers at border crossing points – something Mattis indicated last week was close to completion.

The controversy at the border – and the administration’s response to it – has polarized much of the country. Last month, images of federal agents firing tear gas on hundreds of migrants created outrage with several high-ranking Democrats blaming the White House. Those complaints were tamped down after data from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that agents also used tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border dozens of times during the Obama administration.



  1. Rocky

    December 7, 2018 at 12:42 am

    I am furious over this. Our last 5 Presidents refused to enforce our immigration laws and it appears we may have a 6th. Both political parties want illegal aliens here for various reasons, nothing major has been done to enforce our immigration laws since Ike and his Operation Wetback. My guess is nothing will be except on paper while the endless tsunami continues to flood into our country. If what’s left of our nation is to be saved it’s going to be up to citizens to do it. Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to take place.

  2. Alison

    December 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

    She’ll be on CNN and MSNBC soon…hailed as a hero. More importantly, who’s going to pay for her medical bills??? Her family in Columbus OH for starters. We, taxpayers, should not have to fund her ILLEGAL acts committed!!!

  3. Wilson

    December 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Some of it comes from the wonderful 9th saying he has no right to “enforce” laws and is overstepping his authority.

  4. John R. PylesIII

    December 7, 2018 at 1:19 am

    only the little bastard is an American Citizen not the maggot holding out her hand for aid and certainly not any of the other illegal alien invading scum!

    • Cliff

      December 7, 2018 at 1:50 am

      Correct. The baby will have to be 21 years old before it can sponsor the mother for USA residence.

  5. Earnie Bailey

    December 7, 2018 at 1:29 am

    This family should be arrested and then deported with citizenship revoked for the baby. Illegals should not receive any benefit from illegal activity including childbirth. Shove them back over the fence. They have no regard for our laws. All they want is a free ride through our welfare system. She’s 19 with a newborn and a 3 year old. We have enough of those here already.
    I for one think that a local government program supports protecting illegals the federal government should withhold money that is aimed at welfare. Give it to those that can prove citizenship only. Birth certificate only.

    • cliff

      December 7, 2018 at 1:52 am

      Only the baby is a US Citizen by birth. The mother is still an illegal alien. The baby cannot sponsor a parent for residence in the USA until the baby is 21 years old. So they have a long wait.

  6. Fit2Btyed

    December 7, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Another anchor welfare baby and mom. Great! Just what we need. Where’s the sperm donor?

  7. Cliff

    December 7, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Only the baby is a USA Citizen by birth in the USA. The parents are still illegal aliens and should be deported. The baby cannot sponsor the parents for USA residency under immigration laws until it is 21 years old. So the parents will have a long wait if they want to use the baby to enter the USA.

  8. Polly

    December 7, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Send her back

  9. Joe

    December 7, 2018 at 8:48 am

    “they feared for their safety after being surrounded by Mexicans who weren’t happy they were there”

    BULLSHIT! The baby was hours away and they knew it was now or never!

    “Calling the birth in the U.S. a “big reward”

    Yeah, no shit! This anchor baby BULL SHIT has got to stop! Send the whole damned family, the baby included back to whatever shithole country they came from!

  10. CAROLE

    December 8, 2018 at 9:25 am


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