A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, U.S. Custom and Border Protection told the Washington Post on Thursday. LInda So reports.
REUTERS / RESTRICTED POOL) – A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died just hours after she was taken into Border Patrol custody.
The girl reportedly died of dehydration and shock.
The Washington Post reports that she and her father were detained by immigration authorities in New Mexico as part of a larger migrant caravan that approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.
The girl reportedly started having seizures after spiking a fever. She was taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where she died.
The names of the girl and her father have not been released.
The government agency that typically provides food and water to migrants in its custody is investigating the incident.
President 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.