Tuesday 18 June 2019

Girl (7) who crossed US-Mexico border with dad dies in US Border Patrol custody

U.S. Army soldiers install a barbed wire fence along Anzalduas International Bridge near the U.S.- Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Delcia Lopez/File Photo
U.S. Army soldiers install a barbed wire fence along Anzalduas International Bridge near the U.S.- Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Delcia Lopez/File Photo
A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
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A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into US Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities on December 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached US agents to turn themselves in, the Post reported.

Early on December 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. She was taken to a hospital, where she died, according to the Post.

US Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

Fumes: Migrants run from tear gas fired by US border patrol near the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo; Reuters/Hannah McKay
Fumes: Migrants run from tear gas fired by US border patrol near the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo; Reuters/Hannah McKay
A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
A Honduran migrant girl pushes through fencing after squeezing through a gap in the US border wall with her mother (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)
A migrant buys a doughnut from a street vendor (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)
Three-year-old Honduran migrant Charlot Andrea is carried along the Mexico-US border (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

A spokeswoman at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where the Post reported the child was taken, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The names of the girl and her father were not released. The agency, which typically provides food and water to migrants in its custody, is investigating the incident to ensure whether appropriate policies were followed, the Post said.

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. "We will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy," Nadler said.

US President Donald Trump has made toughening immigration policies a central tenet of his presidency and has vowed to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

This summer, his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in separating children arriving at the border with their parents, caused a national outcry. The policy was mostly reversed.

Reuters

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