7-Year-Old Immigrant Girl Dies In Border Patrol Custody

Clay Curtis
December 14, 2018

Eight hours after the girl and her father were apprehended and taken into custody, she began having seizures and her body temperature was measured at 105.7 degrees by emergency responders. Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers have more. "These are folks in the caravan who have made political demands", she said. What happened here is that they were 90 miles away from where we could process them. "We'll continue to look into the situation, but, again, I can not stress enough how risky this journey (is) when migrants choose to come here illegally".

"Every year the Border Patrol saves hundreds of people who are overcome by the elements between our ports of entry".

On Thursday, ABC News reported on the death of 52-year-old Gerardo Cruz, a father of six who died after 25 days in CBP custody, where his cellmate said he was throwing up blood.

Arrests of migrants travelling as family groups have skyrocketed this year, and Homeland Security officials say court rulings that limit their ability to keep families in detention have produced a "catch and release" system that encourages migrants to bring children as a shield against detention and deportation.

When a Border Patrol agent arrests an individual, they get processed at a facility but usually spend no more than 72 hours in custody before they are either transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or, if they are Mexican, quickly deported home.

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Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE said the girl's death was part of a larger moral problem of the Trump administration's treatment of migrants who make a perilous journey to escape violence, and cuts to programs aimed at helping to stabilize Central American countries. "An initial diagnosis by physicians at El Paso's Providence Hospital listed the cause of death as septic shock, fever and dehydration". "We need a total revamp of how we intake asylum-seekers".

"Horrifying. She should never have been put in a detention center".

Human Rights Watch, which reviewed the 52 publicly available death reports of the 81 detainees who have died in detention since 2010, determined in June that nearly half of those deaths were linked to substandard care.

The head of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, will appear in front of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week, Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the panel, said on Twitter.

Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the American Civil Liberties Union Border Rights Centre, said: "This tragedy represents the worst possible outcome when people, including children, are held in inhumane conditions".

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