A six-month-old girl is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arrested her, her father and 21 others who illegally traversed Rio Grande in the United States, officials said Saturday .
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A CBP spokesman said the group was arrested on Thursday. His father and daughter were taken to the central processing center of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, where medical staff said the child should be treated at a hospital.
The girl was initially transported to Edinburgh Regional Children's Hospital in Edinburgh at 9:40 am, then transported to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. The statement from CBP added that the child's father had been taken to the hospital by CBP staff as there was no room for him in the medical helicopter. CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox & Friends on Saturday that the case was "truly tragic."
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an increase in the number of families crossing the border – about 475,000 so far this budget year, nearly three times the previous year's record for families. Most are released in the US as their asylum applications go to the courts, a practice Trump taunts as "catch and release."
This week, the Trump administration has said it is adopting changes to the so-called "Flores Agreement", which states that migrant children can only be detained for a maximum of 20 days and must be held in the least restrictive conditions. The government currently operates three family detention centers that can accommodate a total of about 3,000 people. One is used for single adults and the other two have capacity.
The Associated Press participated in this report.