Guatemalan Migrant Died In Border Patrol Custody — The Fourth Since December


A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday in US Border Patrol custody in Texas.

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez is the fifth Guatemalan minor to die after being apprehended on the southern border since December, officers stated. 4 have died in US custody, and one succumbed in a hospital.

Hernandez was apprehended on Might 13 after crossing the border with out authorization close to Hidalgo, Texas. The teenager had been transferred from a processing heart to a Border Patrol station, set for placement in a shelter for migrant youth when on Sunday he informed workers that he wasn’t feeling nicely. A contracted nurse practitioner decided he had the flu and Border Patrol brokers went to an area pharmacy to choose up remedy, a CBP official stated.

He was then transferred to a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas, with a view to segregate him from the opposite detainees. On Monday, throughout a welfare test, he was discovered unresponsive, officers stated. The reason for demise shouldn’t be identified and the case is underneath evaluate.

The demise comes because the Trump administration continues to lament the rise of migrant households and unaccompanied youngsters crossing the border. In early April, the federal government division answerable for unaccompanied migrant youngsters, the Workplace of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), stated it was on monitor to detaining probably the most youngsters in historical past. In the meantime, final month, virtually 100,000 households crossed the border in April, in line with border officers.

“The women and men of U.S. Customs and Border Safety are saddened by the tragic lack of this younger man and our condolences are along with his household,” stated John Sanders, appearing CBP commissioner. “CBP is dedicated to the well being, security and humane therapy of these in our custody.”

In a speech in El Paso in March, then CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that the “breaking level” on the border had arrived.

On the time, McAleenan, now appearing secretary for the Division of Homeland Safety, stated his brokers have been making an attempt to forestall a “tragedy” at their amenities — however he predicted that the excessive numbers and extreme medical points meant it was only a “matter of time” earlier than one occurred.

In latest weeks, a 2-year-old boy from Guatemala who was detained by US brokers on the border died and a 16-year-old boy died in authorities custody in Texas.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, informed BuzzFeed Information that his workplace could be on the lookout for solutions.

“The gross inadequacy of the so-called ‘welfare checks’ is patently apparent, and now 5 youngsters have misplaced their lives as the worth. I need to see particular plans from the administration to offer actual medical checks, together with checking vitals, on each little one who comes into our authorities’s custody,” he stated. “We want urgency, and we’d like solutions, not excuses.”

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