Migrant Minor Dies in US Border Patrol’s Custody

Yesterday, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a sixteen year old Guatemalan boy, died in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas after being detained for a week; he is the fifth minor to die in U.S. custody since December. The number of migrants held in ICE custody has now reached 52,398 people, an all-time record. Hernandez was forced into Border Patrol custody on May 13th and by the following Sunday was diagnosed with the flu. On Monday he was found unresponsive but was not taken to a hospital. The cause of death is unknown and his case is currently under review. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) demanded transparency from Border Patrol, saying “the gross inadequacy of the so-called ‘welfare checks’ is patently obvious, and now five children have lost their lives as the price. I want to see specific plans from the administration to provide real medical checks, including checking vitals, on every child who comes into our government’s custody. We need urgency, and we need answers, not excuses.” Border Patrol can legally hold minors for up to 72 hours, and it is unclear why Hernandez was held over the legal time limit. Astrid Dominguez, the director for the ACLU Border Rights Center, […]

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