An 8-year-old child died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday in Harlingen. As of Wednesday night, authorities had not revealed the child’s hometown or the circumstances surrounding her untimely de@th.
“The child and her family were in custody at the Harlingen Station where she experienced a medical emergency. Emergency Medical Services were called to the station and transported her to the local hospital where she was pronounced de@d,” read a statement from CBP released on Wednesday.
Her passing comes a week after the expiration of Title 42, an emergency public health decree that prevented asylum claims from being processed for migrants who were turned away during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to officials in the Biden administration, contrary to predictions, the shift has not resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of migrants crossing the southern border.
Border communities have declared a state of emergency, and Governor Greg Abbott has deployed hundreds of Texas National Guard soldiers to the southern border in anticipation of the enormous numbers of migrants who are expected to enter the United States once Title 42 expires.
On Wednesday night, Abbott did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to CBP’s statement, the girl’s death will be investigated by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and both DHS and the Harlingen Police Department had been informed.
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It’s been four years since a youngster was k!lled while in federal custody at the border. A 16-year-old Guatemalan in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in a Brownsville shelter passed away in May 2019. Two young Guatemalan children were k!lled by law enforcement officers last year.
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