This should NEVER happen…..
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who crossed the southern border into the United States illegally earlier this month died of dehydration and shock after being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in New Mexico.
The girl and her father were part of a group of 163 people who surrendered to Border Patrol officers on the night of Dec. 6, south of Lordsburg, N.M., according to the The Washington Post, which first reported the story.
She was identified on Friday as Jackeline Caal, the Associated Press reports, citing an official from Guatemala’s foreign ministry.
In a statement sent to NPR, a spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, stated, “As we have always said, traveling north illegally is extremely dangerous.” The DHS representative added, “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to stop this tragedy from occurring.”
Eight hours after the girl and her father were taken into custody, she began having seizures and her body temperature was measured at 105.7 degrees by emergency medical technicians.
The girl “had not eaten or had any water for several days,” Nick Miroff of The Post told NPR’s Morning Edition on Friday.
The girl was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. She was revived after going into cardiac arrest but died less than 24 hours after being transported to the facility.
“On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child,” the spokesperson said. “Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child’s life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of any child.”….
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday said that the death of a 7-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody is “a very sad example of the dangers” to migrants.
“My heart goes out to the family for all of DHS,” Nielsen said in an appearance on Fox & Friends. “This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey. This family chose to cross illegally. They were about 90 miles away where we could process them. They came in such a large crowd that it took our border patrol folks a couple times to get them all. We gave immediate care, we’ll continue to look into the situation.”….