- An eight-year-old migrant girl has died of a “medical emergency” while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol in Harlingen, Texas.
- This is the second death of a migrant child in the custody of the Biden administration this month. The other incident involved a 17-year-old Honduran boy who died in his sleep in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services facility in Florida.
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not released the identity or nationality of the girl and her family.
- The Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an investigation into the incident, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, as well as the Harlingen Police Department, have been notified.
An eight-year-old migrant girl passed away while in U.S. Border Patrol custody, due to a “medical emergency,” marking the second death of a migrant child under the Biden administration’s care this month.
The tragic incident occurred at a Border Patrol facility in Harlingen, Texas.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the girl suffered a severe medical incident while in Border Patrol custody with her family. Officials called an ambulance, which transported her to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The details surrounding the nature of the “medical emergency” have not been disclosed.
This unfortunate event follows a similar incident that occurred on May 10, when a 17-year-old Honduran boy, Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, died in his sleep while in the care of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services facility in Safety Harbor, Florida. The boy’s mother had been reassured that he was in a shelter and in “the best hands.”
The identities and nationalities of the eight-year-old girl and her family have not been released by the CBP. The Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an investigation into the incident, as is standard protocol for such cases. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the Harlingen Police Department were also notified.