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May 11, 2013 11:13 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Childbirth recues are frequent at border crossing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Fire and Rescue crews say they respond to the San Ysidro border crossing nearly every other day for childbirth emergency calls.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/13HweRP ) there were nearly 160 childbirth emergencies in 2012, and that rate has persisted into 2013.

Medical privacy laws prohibit emergency rooms and hospital teams from asking if patients are U.S. citizens for treatment. Babies born under these circumstances are U.S. citizens as a birthright.

Immigration activists clashed on the numbers. Ted Hilton says stricter border controls are necessary because once someone gives birth in the U.S. they're eligible for many benefits.

Pedro Rios says the numbers are minimal when you consider more than 300,000 people cross the world's most-crossed port of entry at San Ysidro every day.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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