Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday blamed the family of a 7-year-old migrant girl for her death in us custody, saying the group never should have tried to come to the USA without authorization.
The Washington Post reported the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico.
Early on Dec 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 41 deg C, the Post said.
The girl began having seizures about eight hours after she was put in CBP custody.
She was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died after going into cardiac arrest.
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As thousands of migrants massed across the border in Tijuana last month, the Border Patrol and its agents came under scrutiny and criticism for firing tear gas across the border to break up crowds, which included women and children, pushing across the Tijuana River. The toddler's mother and her attorneys alleged she contracted a respiratory infection after they arrived to the detention center and USA authorities provided substandard medical care for her.
In this file photo taken on February 17, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol officers guard the border fence separating United States and Mexico in the town of El Paso, Texas. "We will continue to look into the situation, but again, I can not stress how risky this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally". It's unclear what became of her father.
Caal was driven to El Paso and was at the hospital when his daughter died, officials said.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley called Jackeline's death "a horrific, tragic situation" and called for "commonsense laws to disincentivize people from coming up from the border", crossing illegally.
Rather than wait at legal ports of entry, some groups of migrants are crossing illegally and turning themselves into Border Patrol asking for asylum.
"When the Trump administration pushes for the militarization of the border, including more border wall construction, they are driving people fleeing violence into the deadliest desert regions".
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Immigration officials briefing reporters say the girl's father told officials that she was sick and vomiting when they were on a bus heading to a Border Patrol station.
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In November, 25,172 "family units" were apprehended at the southern border, according to a CBP report, an increase of more than 2,000 families since October.
In a statement sent to NPR, a spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, stated, "As we have always said, traveling north illegally is extremely unsafe".
"When you turn away people who are legally seeking asylum at official ports of entry, they attempt to make contact with US officials in remote and unsafe areas, and people die", Simonson said in a statement released by the ACLU.
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