Migrant Girl, 7 Dies in Border Patrol Custody

Aerial view of the border patrol guarding the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana Mexico on Dec 9 2018

Migrant Girl, 7 Dies in Border Patrol Custody

The death of the girl has bought renewed focus on President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policy, and onto the migrants who are travelling from Central America to the USA border.

Kraft says pediatricians who have visited DHS processing facilities that hold children have been alarmed by the conditions they have found.

The agents said that personnel had been assaulted and hit by stones. The protocols the agents followed failed to alert them to any signs of distress until it was too late.

Hannity claims that if there were a secure border wall in place, the 7-year-old migrant girl would not have died.

Others concluded that both the girl's parents and border officials were to blame for the tragic death.

"We welcome the Department of Homeland Security's investigation and will review the incident operationally to learn from this tragedy", he added.

The girl, a migrant from Guatemala, died from dehydration and shock after she was taken into CBP custody with her father on December 6, the Washington Post reports. It's an unforgiving terrain where Geronimo made his last stand and it remains largely isolated with no cell service and few paved roads. The sparsely used official port of entry is open from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Processing 163 immigrants in one night could have posed challenges for the agency, whose detention facilities are meant to be temporary and don't usually fit that many people.

The groups sometimes spend days in smugglers' stash houses or walk through remote areas with little food or water before reaching the border. The El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed it performed an autopsy on the child, but final results won't be available for at least six weeks. Agents requested that an EMT meet the bus on the other end.

According to the form, the girl showed no sign of illness. A Guatemalan official told Buzzfeed News that the form was in English and the father, who speaks a Mayan language, may not have understood Border Patrol agents' explanations.

"Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child's life under the most trying of circumstances", Mr Meehan said. The first busload of migrants left for Lordsburg just after midnight. What's unclear is what was done to change that after she was taken into custody.

During the three-hour bus ride, Jakelin began to vomit and suffer seizures. We gave immediate care. Last month, Guatemalan mother Yazmin Juarez filed a $60 million wrongful death suit against the federal government after her 19-month-old daughter Mariee died after being held at an immigration facility.

After a helicopter flight to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, the child went into cardiac arrest and "was revived", according to the agency. She died there on December 8. A CT scan revealed brain swelling.

"I am deeply saddened by this girl's death".

The girl's death is under investigation by the Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility and the inspector general. Commissioner McAleenan didn't mention the girl's death when he was questioned by senators this week on border issues.

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