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A logo patch is shown on the uniform of a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the international border between Mexico and the United States south of San Diego, California March 26, 2013. Picture taken March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

 

The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in, the Post reported.

 

Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. She was taken to a hospital, where she died, according to the Post.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

 

A spokeswoman at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where the Post reported the child was taken, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

The names of the girl and her father were not released. The agency, which typically provides food and water to migrants in its custody, is investigating the incident to ensure whether appropriate policies were followed, the Post said.

 

The head of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, will appear in front of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week, Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the panel, said on Twitter. "We will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy," Nadler said.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has made toughening immigration policies a central tenet of his presidency and has vowed to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

 

This summer, his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in separating children arriving at the border with their parents, caused a national outcry. The policy was mostly reversed.

 

(Reporting by Makini Brice and Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)

 
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27 minutes ago, jvs said:

I hope so and they should!!

Don't hold your breath!

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"The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in, the Post reported.

 

Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. She was taken to a hospital, where she died, according to the Post."

 

They were in custody, when the girl started to get sick!

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/ˈkəstədē/
noun
 
  1. the protective care or guardianship of someone or something.
    "the property was placed in the custody of a trustee"
    synonyms: care, guardianship, charge, keeping, safekeeping, wardship, responsibility, protection, tutelage; More
     
     
    • imprisonment.
      "my father was being taken into custody"
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      parental responsibility, especially as allocated to one of two divorcing parents.
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40 minutes ago, DM07 said:

"The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in, the Post reported.

 

Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. She was taken to a hospital, where she died, according to the Post."

 

They were in custody, when the girl started to get sick!

cus·to·dy
/ˈkəstədē/
noun
 
  1. the protective care or guardianship of someone or something.
    "the property was placed in the custody of a trustee"
    synonyms: care, guardianship, charge, keeping, safekeeping, wardship, responsibility, protection, tutelage; More
     
     
    • imprisonment.
      "my father was being taken into custody"
      synonyms: care, guardianship, charge, keeping, safekeeping, wardship, responsibility, protection, tutelage; More
       
       
    • LAW
      parental responsibility, especially as allocated to one of two divorcing parents.
      "he was trying to get custody of their child"
       
      Read 1...!!!
       

Apparently the girl had been in custody for 8 hours already before she got sick.

 

 

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