By: Colby Nicholson
A 7-year old girl from Guatemala was taken into Customs and Border protection custody Thursday, December 6th after illegally crossing a remote stretch of the US-Mexico border in New Mexico. The girl and her father were arrested alongside a group of 160 others who turned themselves in late that night to seek asylum. Only about eight hours later, the girl began having seizures and after her fever hit 105 degrees, she was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment. After waiting 90 minutes for medical treatment, the girl went into cardiac arrest, she was “revived” on arrival but was not able to recover and died less than 24 hours after her arrival. Medical Examiner reports exposed that the girl didn’t have food or water for several days prior to being taken into custody.
Food and Water are often provided by border patrol upon the first encounter, but the recent spike in immigration has caused holding facilities to become overcrowded, underfunded, and unprepared. The little girl’s father is now seeking justice for the negligence of the CPB officials after they were taken into custody. He plans to open a full investigation and take the CPB to trial and has lawyers ready to make the first steps in making it right.