Are Illegal Children Really Dying in Border Patrol Custody?

With the news that children are dying in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, there is room to be concerned. But is it really what it seems? “While in custody” implies that the child would have survived if only Border Patrol did not catch them illegally crossing the border they would have survived, that some how Border patrol is responsible. If the child died in the hospital then the news would seem so bad.

Take the cause of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died, “after being taking into U.S. Customers and Border Patrol Protection.” What people fail to realize is that the journey to America is treacherous. In the case of the 7-year-old, she was dragged 2000-miles from northern Guatemala. Her father claimed she was in good health at first but an autopsy reports she died from not only bacteria in her lungs, adrenal glands, liver, and sleep, and died from sepsis. This had to have started before she came to America.

In a case of a 16-year-old unaccompanied migrant, clinicians at first observed no health concerns when he came to the shelter. But then he became ill the next day and was taken to a hospital, treated and released. When he died his autopsy stated that he died of a brain tumor? There is no way he had this condition before he came to America.

These kids not only got better treatment in America but it wasn’t the Border Patrols fault they died. They shouldn’t have made that journey period, it is too dangerous for adults let alone children.


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