Father of 7YO Migrant Signed Form Indicating She Wasn’t Sick — She Hadn’t Had Food or Water for Days.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is under fire this week as news surfaced that a 7-year-old migrant girl died while she was in custody with agents.
According to The Washington Post, the girl died from shock and dehydration shortly after entering CBP’s custody in New Mexico.
The little girl entered the country along with 100 others on Dec. 6th. About 8 hours after that, she began having seizures and sadly died around midnight the next morning after going into cardiac arrest.
Officials report that she had swelling in her brain and liver failure, according to the Associated Press.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for an investigation in response to this news and blasted CBP’s “culture of cruelty.” Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent out a tweet demanding that the Homeland Security Department be held accountable for her death.
A 7-year-old girl should not be dying of dehydration and shock in Customs and Border Protection custody.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 14, 2018
As details emerge about the incident, it seems like the girl was already sick before entering the U.S.
Her father reported to officials that his daughter hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink for days. According to CBP, the girl seemed to be in good health and her father even signed a form saying that she was.
According to CBP commissioner Kevin McAleenan, agents “did everything in their power” to save the little girl. When she began having seizures, medical responders were immediately alerted and transported the girl to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso.
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