Pediatrician Treating Migrant Children In Border Patrol Custody Shares Thoughts | NBC News Now

>>> AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT THERE >>> AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT THERE ARE ROUGHLY 2,000 CHILDREN IN ARE ROUGHLY 2,000 CHILDREN IN THE CUSTODY OF US

BORDER THE CUSTODY OF US BORDER PATROL WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS PATROL WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS DAVE GUTIERREZ SPOKE WITH A DAVE GUTIERREZ SPOKE WITH A PEDIATRICIAN IN EL PASO ABOUT PEDIATRICIAN IN EL PASO ABOUT THE CONDITIONS THOSE CHILDREN THE CONDITIONS THOSE CHILDREN ARE FACING

ARE FACING >> Reporter: DOCTOR, TELL ME, >> Reporter: DOCTOR, TELL ME, YOU HAVE AN EXPRESSED YOU HAVE AN EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION THAT THESE CHILDREN FRUSTRATION THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT GETTING ADEQUATE MEDICAL ARE NOT GETTING ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE IN CBP FACILITIES CARE IN CBP FACILITIES TELL ME ABOUT THAT TELL ME ABOUT THAT

WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO WHAT’S WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON AT THE BORDER OVER BEEN GOING ON AT THE BORDER OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS? THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS? >> WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAS >> WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAS HAPPENED — WHAT HAS GONE ON HAPPENED — WHAT HAS GONE ON WHILE THEY ARE IN CUSTODY WHILE THEY ARE IN CUSTODY WHOEVER’S PROVIDING THE MEDICAL WHOEVER’S PROVIDING THE MEDICAL CARE THAT THEY MAY BE RECEIVING, CARE THAT THEY MAY BE RECEIVING, THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE WITH US PHYSICIANS COMMUNICATE WITH US PHYSICIANS ON THE OUTSIDE ON THE OUTSIDE AND THAT’S TOTALLY WRONG

AND THAT’S TOTALLY WRONG THAT’S JUST NOT THE WAY MEDICINE THAT’S JUST NOT THE WAY MEDICINE IS PRACTICED IS PRACTICED IN THE REAL WORLD, DOCTORS IN THE REAL WORLD, DOCTORS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONSULT SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONSULT ANOTHER DOCTOR OR IF HE’S GOING ANOTHER DOCTOR OR IF HE’S GOING TO PASS OFF ANOTHER PATIENT TO TO PASS OFF ANOTHER PATIENT TO ANOTHER PHYSICIAN, AT LEAST GIVE ANOTHER PHYSICIAN, AT LEAST GIVE THEM HEADS-UP, PROVIDE THE THEM HEADS-UP, PROVIDE THE MEDICAL RECORDS MEDICAL RECORDS

BUT APPARENTLY THE REASONING, BUT APPARENTLY THE REASONING, THE RATIONALE THAT WE HAVE NO THE RATIONALE THAT WE HAVE NO COMMUNICATION WITH WHOEVER’S COMMUNICATION WITH WHOEVER’S PROVIDING THE MEDICAL CARE PROVIDING THE MEDICAL CARE WITHIN THE SHELTERS IS BECAUSE WITHIN THE SHELTERS IS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO, QUOTE, RESPECT THE THEY WANT TO, QUOTE, RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF THE REFUGEE WHICH TO PRIVACY OF THE REFUGEE WHICH TO ME IS JUST — IT’S NOT RIGHT ME IS JUST — IT’S NOT RIGHT IT’S JUST A CROCK IT’S JUST A CROCK IT’S NOT RIGHT

IT’S NOT RIGHT >> YOU TREATED MIGRANTS DURING >> YOU TREATED MIGRANTS DURING THE 2014 CRISIS, CORRECT? THE 2014 CRISIS, CORRECT? COMPARE AND CONTRAST HOW IS THIS COMPARE AND CONTRAST HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT? DIFFERENT? >> IN 2014 WHEN WE HAD THE >> IN 2014 WHEN WE HAD THE INITIAL REFUGEES FROM CENTRAL INITIAL REFUGEES FROM CENTRAL AMERICA THAT CROSSED THE BORDER, AMERICA THAT CROSSED THE BORDER, WE WORKED HAND IN HAND WITH THE WE WORKED HAND IN HAND WITH THE BORDER PROPOSAL BORDER PROPOSAL THE BORDER PATROL CONTACTED OUR THE BORDER PATROL CONTACTED OUR MEDICAL SOCIETY, CONTACTED AN MEDICAL SOCIETY, CONTACTED AN AGENCY THAT DEALS WITH AGENCY THAT DEALS WITH EMERGENCIES IN THE LOCAL EMERGENCIES IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND THEY ASKED FOR COMMUNITY, AND THEY ASKED FOR OUR HELP OUR HELP

AND WE GATHERED A GROUP OF AND WE GATHERED A GROUP OF DOCTORS WHO WERE WILLING TO TAKE DOCTORS WHO WERE WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF THE REFUGEES AS THEY CARE OF THE REFUGEES AS THEY CAME IN CAME IN AND WHENEVER REFUGEES WOULD BE AND WHENEVER REFUGEES WOULD BE FLOWN IN FROM WHEREVER THEY WERE FLOWN IN FROM WHEREVER THEY WERE IN DETENTION, WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN DETENTION, WHEN THEY ARRIVED TO EL PASO, WE PHYSICIANS WERE TO EL PASO, WE PHYSICIANS WERE CALLED SO WE COULD BE WAITING CALLED SO WE COULD BE WAITING RIGHT AT THE BORDER PATROL RIGHT AT THE BORDER PATROL DETENTION FACILITIES DETENTION FACILITIES WE WERE ABLE TO EXAMINE AND TAKE WE WERE ABLE TO EXAMINE AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS CARE OF THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS IMMEDIATELY

IMMEDIATELY IT WORKED OUT SMOOTHLY IT WORKED OUT SMOOTHLY IT WAS A WONDERFUL WORKING IT WAS A WONDERFUL WORKING TOGETHER BETWEEN BORDER PATROL TOGETHER BETWEEN BORDER PATROL AND THE — AND THE MEDICAL AND THE — AND THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY COMMUNITY

>> NOT ANYMORE? >> NOT ANYMORE? >> NO, NO >> NO, NO WHEN THIS — WHEN WE STARTED WHEN THIS — WHEN WE STARTED DOING THIS AGAIN IN OCTOBER OF DOING THIS AGAIN IN OCTOBER OF THIS LAST YEAR, NAIVELY I THIS LAST YEAR, NAIVELY I THOUGHT, WELL, OKAY, WE — WE’LL THOUGHT, WELL, OKAY, WE — WE’LL APPROACH BORDER PATROL OR APPROACH BORDER PATROL OR WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE OF WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGING FOR PROVIDING MEDICAL ARRANGING FOR PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE, AND TELL THEM WE ARE AGAIN CARE, AND TELL THEM WE ARE AGAIN AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AND WE WERE FLATLY TOLD NO, AND WE WERE FLATLY TOLD NO, THANK YOU, WE DON’T NEED YOUR THANK YOU, WE DON’T NEED YOUR SERVICES

SERVICES WE HAVE CONTRACTED THE SERVICES WE HAVE CONTRACTED THE SERVICES THROUGH SOMEBODY THROUGH SOMEBODY AND WE’VE ASKED, OKAY, THAT’S AND WE’VE ASKED, OKAY, THAT’S FINE, BUT AT LEAST WOULD YOU LET FINE, BUT AT LEAST WOULD YOU LET US INTO THE FACILITIES SO WE CAN US INTO THE FACILITIES SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE CAN COMMUNICATE MAKE SURE WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH WHOEVER’S PROVIDING THE WITH WHOEVER’S PROVIDING THE MEDICAL CARE TO SEE IF THEY NEED MEDICAL CARE TO SEE IF THEY NEED OUR HELP OUR HELP

THEY CAN CALL US THEY CAN CALL US WE WERE NOT ALLOWED WE WERE NOT ALLOWED SO THE BEST THAT WE DID IS THAT SO THE BEST THAT WE DID IS THAT ONCE THEY WERE RELEASED FROM THE ONCE THEY WERE RELEASED FROM THE BORDER PATROL CUSTODY, THERE’S A BORDER PATROL CUSTODY, THERE’S A GROUP OF PHYSICIANS FROM AROUND GROUP OF PHYSICIANS FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR MEDICAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR MEDICAL CARE

CARE ONCE THEY’RE RELEASED FROM THE ONCE THEY’RE RELEASED FROM THE CUSTODY, THEY’RE SENT OUT TO CUSTODY, THEY’RE SENT OUT TO DIFFERENT SHELTERS AROUND THE DIFFERENT SHELTERS AROUND THE CITY CITY FIVE OF THOSE SHELTERS ACCEPT FIVE OF THOSE SHELTERS ACCEPT REFUGEES SEVEN DAYS A WEEK REFUGEES SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

SO THERE’S A PHYSICIAN OR TWO SO THERE’S A PHYSICIAN OR TWO ASSIGNED TO EACH SHELTER ASSIGNED TO EACH SHELTER >> Reporter: YOU DON’T BELIEVE >> Reporter: YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT SHELTERS SHOULD BE IN THAT SHELTERS SHOULD BE IN DETENTION CENTERS AT ALL? DETENTION CENTERS AT ALL? >> ABSOLUTELY NOT >> ABSOLUTELY NOT ABSOLUTELY NOT

ABSOLUTELY NOT THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS TO DO THIS AGAIN, I’M NOT A POLITICIAN AGAIN, I’M NOT A POLITICIAN

I CAN’T TELL YOU — THEY SHOULD I CAN’T TELL YOU — THEY SHOULD DO IT THIS WAY OR THIS WAY DO IT THIS WAY OR THIS WAY BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, LET US DO BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, LET US DO OUR JOB AS DOCTORS AND PROVIDE OUR JOB AS DOCTORS AND PROVIDE THE BEST MEDICAL CARE TO THESE THE BEST MEDICAL CARE TO THESE HUMAN BEINGS

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