#TSRTakeAMoment: #Roommates, let’s take a moment to pray for the family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who passed away from dehydration and shock after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the U.S.
Officials say she was with her father and a large group of migrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally in New Mexico, according to @WashingtonPost.
The detention centers that house the children have already been under much scrutiny and the child’s death will surely intensify the situation. Those detention centers are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the U.S.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the girl and her father were taken into custody about 10 p.m. December 6th south of Lordsburg, New Mexico, as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.
More than eight hours later, the girl began to have seizures and soon after emergency responders arrived, her body temperature was measured at 105.7 degrees. According to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.’
After a helicopter flight to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, the girl went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” according to the agency. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported.”
Officials did not release the name of the girl or her father, but the father remains in El Paso awaiting a meeting with Guatemalan consular officials, according to CBP. The agency said it is investigating the incident to ensure appropriate policies were followed.
The ACLU among others are criticizing officials for “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP” for the girl’s death. “The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said in a statement.
We’ll keep you updated on this situation, #Roommates.
TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh