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7-year-old girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol

A Central American migrant travelling in a caravan, comforts her daughter as her group hesitates before attempting to cross the Mexico-US border fence to San Di

A Central American migrant travelling in a caravan, comforts her daughter as her group hesitates before attempting to cross the Mexico-US border fence to San Di

San Diego, December 15 (RHC)-- A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala has died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Mexican border.

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

Early on December 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, according to the Post.  She was taken to a hospital, where she died, the newspaper said. The names of the girl and her father were not released.

U.S. Border Patrol is investigating the incident to ensure whether appropriate policies were followed.

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security, will appear in front of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week.   Representative Jerry Nadler, the top Democratic Party member on the committee, said on Twitter.: “We will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy.”  

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

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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