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8-year-old girl dies in US Border Patrol custody in Texas

The news comes after authorities confirmed Friday that a 17-year-old unaccompanied migrant staying at a U.S. facility in Florida died.
8-year-old girl dies in US Border Patrol custody in Texas
Posted at 10:35 AM, May 18, 2023

An 8-year-old girl died Wednesday while in the custody of Border Patrol in Harlingen, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the child "experienced a medical emergency" while she was at a migrant facility with her family.

Officials say emergency medical services were called to the Harlingen Station, and the child was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

"Consistent with CBP protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an investigation of the incident. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the Harlingen Police Department were also notified," CBP said in a statement.

The news comes after authorities confirmed Friday that a 17-year-old unaccompanied migrant staying at a U.S. facility in Florida died. The confirmation of his death came hours after the Biden administration ended the COVID-19 emergency.

Detention facilities along the southern border have been dealing with overcrowding after a surge of migrants leading up to the expiration of Title 42 last week.

The Department of Homeland Security officials said agents encountered an average of 10,000 migrants a day along the southwest border just days before Title 42 came to an end. However, the Biden administration says there was not a spike in border crossings as they had expected once the policy ended.

SEE MORE: What is Title 8, the law now governing immigration?


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