7-year-old Guatemalan girl dies after U.S. Border Patrol arrest

7-year-old Guatemalan girl dies after U.S. Border Patrol arrest

A seven-year-old girl who US officials say tried to cross the Mexico-US border illegally with her family has died hours after being taken into custody.

Jackeline died in intensive care at an El Paso hospital after she went into sepsis shock following about eight hours in DHS custody, DHS said. CBP said that the girl "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days". "They were in such a large crowd that it took our Border Patrol folks a couple of times to get them all".

An investigation is being conducted by the CBP to ensure appropriate policies were followed.

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Jakelin and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal, 29, were among a group of 163 migrants detained by Border Patrol agents about a half-mile west of the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico.

It also criticized US President Donald Trump and his administration for toughening immigration policies.

Border agents called the Lordsburg station and requested that an emergency medical technician be ready when the bus arrived.

While border patrol aid interference with its food and water caches has happened for many years, No More Deaths is now seeing an escalation in crackdowns against its volunteers under the Trump administration. Officials emphasized the remoteness of the location and that those taken into custody had access to food and water, although it's not clear whether Jakelin ate or drank anything while in custody.

"When you turn away people who are legally seeking asylum at official ports of entry, they attempt to make contact with US officials in remote and unsafe areas, and people die", Simonson said in a statement released by the ACLU. Her father was with her, DHS said.

'We'll continue to look into the situation, but again, I can not stress enough how risky this journey when migrants choose to come here illegally, ' she said.

Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler of NY said on Twitter that "we will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy" when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appears next week before the House's judiciary committee. When paramedics arrived, her body temperature was 105.7 degrees.

When a Border Patrol agent arrests someone, that person is processed at a facility but usually spends no more than 72 hours in custody before either being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or, if the person is Mexican, being deported home.

Although details about Jakelin's family's specific circumstances are not yet known, immigrant rights advocates have argued for years that border enforcement strategies drive migrants to take more risky routes to reach the U.S.

The DHS Office of Inspector General announced later Friday it had opened an investigation into the girl's death and would release a final report publicly.

Immigrants, attorneys and activists have long raised concerns about the conditions of Border Patrol holding cells. They had her airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, about 160 miles away.

'Please present yourselves at a port of entry and seek to enter legally and safely, ' a spokesman said. In 2017, migrant deaths increased even as the number of border crossings dramatically decreased.

It also sparked concerns that the Trump administration's immigration crackdown has funnelled migrants into more risky areas along the border.

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