16-Year-Old Migrant Dies in ICE Custody, 5th Child to Die in 6 Months

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MigrantA boy who was 16 years old, who had migrated from Guatemala died on May 20, 2019, while in ICE custody in south Texas.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say the boy was the sixth immigrant child to die in U.S. custody since December 2018.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was apprehended by ICE in Texas close to Hidalgo on May 13, as he tried to cross the border.

In a statement by CBP on May 20, they stated after the migrant was picked up he was brought to the Central Processing Center of the Rio Grande Valley Sector. He was then transferred on May 19 to the  ICE station at Weslaco.

The statement continued by saying he scheduled to be placed to be transferred into the custody of the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. This agency oversees migrant children who are separated or unaccompanied after immigration processes them.

While a scheduled check of the migrant’s welfare was being performed on May 20, the teenager was found to be unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at Weslaco Station.

John Sanders, the acting Commissioner, said, “The women and men of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are very saddened by the death of this young migrant, and we send our condolences to his family. The CBP remains committed to the safety, health, and humane treatment of all migrants in our custody.”

The cause of death has not been released, and the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the case.

The Guatemalan boy is the fifth migrant to die in ICE custody since December. All of the migrant children who have died were Guatemalan.

Written by Barbara Sobel


NBC News: 16-year-old migrant boy dies in U.S. custody, 5th child to die since December
The Monitor: 16 year old dies at Weslaco Border Patrol station

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