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Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody


Added 05-20-19 05:06:02pm EST - “The 16-year-old boy was found unresponsive after a routine welfare check at a facility near the U.S. border with Mexico. He was the fifth migrant child since December to die after being detained.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks along the banks of the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas. Migrant families often cross the river illegally to enter the U.S. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks along the banks of the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas. Migrant families often cross the river illegally to enter the U.S.

A 16-year-old migrant boy has become the fifth migrant child since December to die after being apprehended at the U.S. border.

In a statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the boy, whose name was not released, was "found unresponsive" during a routine welfare check Monday morning at Weslaco Station, the facility where he was being held. The boy was taken into custody after crossing the U.S. border in Texas' Rio Grande Valley on May 13, and was due to be moved into custody of the 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.

The cause of death is unknown and the incident is being reviewed by CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility.

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