Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody

Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody

The teenager, identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was the fifth minor from Guatemala to die after being apprehended by U.S. border agents since December.

This comes as acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders issued a statement over the weekend confirming that the agency is transporting hundreds of families from "severely overcrowded processing facilities to less-crowded stations along the Southwest border".

U.S. Border Patrol began the flights over the weekend in an effort to help agents with the influx of illegals in Texas.

The cause of death is not known at this time. Chapman also represented Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, who was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November in the shooting death of a Mexican teen who was throwing rocks at agents.

Apprehensions of migrant families in California's El Centro sector rose 383 percent in the seven months through April from a year earlier as record numbers of mainly Central Americans crossed the border, Border Patrol data shows.

The boy, whose name was not released, was found unresponsive during a welfare check Monday morning. His death comes as US border officials are detaining an increasing number of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the southern border.

USA law requires unaccompanied children who aren't from Canada or Mexico generally be transferred from border or immigration officials to HHS custody within 72 hours.

CBP said the Weslaco Police Department, the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general and the FBI are investigating the death.

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Jacinto Chilel traveled through Mexico by bus with his 15-year-old daughter, Nineth, leaving his wife and five other children back in Guatemala in hopes he could send money home when he reaches Tennessee, where relatives live. Officials, at that time, were quoted as saying that the boy was suffering from very high fever and difficulty in breathing, and was later diagnosed with pneumonia at a children's hospital.

Late last month, 16-year-old Juan de León Gutiérrez died in a Texas children's hospital days after arriving at an Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter.

Prosecutors Lori Price and Monica Ryan said that texts sent from Bowen's phone could provide a clear picture of the role the Border Patrol agent's apparent "disdain" for migrants possibly played in the incident.

After the deaths of two children ages 7 and 8 in December, the DHS ordered medical checks of all children in its custody and expanded medical screenings.

Officials say the increase in asylum seekers is straining their detention capacity at border entry points.

That strain is particularly acute in the Rio Grande Valley, which has more unauthorized border crossings than any other region. The administration has asked for United States dollars 4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian funding and urged Congress to change laws that would allow agencies to detain families longer and deport them more quickly.

Amnesty International, which advocates for undocumented immigrants, called for an independent investigation into the child's death and demanded the Trump administration end the detention of minors, saying, "it is risky and cruel to detain people, particularly children, in crowded and unsanitary conditions for seeking protection".

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