Questions Arise As 5th Migrant Child Dies In U.S. Custody

Another child died while in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, raising questions about the treatment of migrants at while in CBP’s custody. Since December, five migrant children have died while in the custody of CBP, the latest being a 16 year old boy.

According to a statement issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the boy was ‘found unresponsive’ during a routine welfare check on Monday morning at Weslaco Station. The boy was taken in custody on May 13 after he had crossed the border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

The migrant boy was to be moved to he Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees care of unaccompanied or separated migrant children after they are initially processed by immigration authorities.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders said the agency “is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody.”

“The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family,” Sanders said.

Sukanta Jana

One thought on “Questions Arise As 5th Migrant Child Dies In U.S. Custody

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    Please, to all the parents, stop bringing children on this dangerous journey. They are not strong enough to endure the elements of what a trip like this entails. Please STOP. Please do not risk the life of your children. Find a safe place to keep them before you attempt to relocate. Once you relocate, you can send money to your children or send a decent person to help you reunite with the children. Please stop doing this. If you must make this trip, do it on your own first so you will know just how BAD of a choice this is for the young members of your family. Please stop. Please. K Jones.

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