Another 16-Year-Old Migrant Child Has Died in Government Custody


Border Patrol Agent Charged with Running Truck into Migrant Also Texted About ‘Savages’: Prosecutors

In April, a 16-year-old boy died after being hospitalized in intensive care.

Nogales Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, was accused of striking a Guatemalan man with his Border Patrol truck on December 3, 2017, and then lying about the attack, The Arizona Daily Star reported on Sunday, citing court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Tucson. A CBP official said officers follow instructions from HHS in determining where and when to send apprehended kids.

Asked whether the terms used in Bowen's texts were part of the agency's culture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Michael Niezgoda told Newsweek that the agency "does not comment on pending litigation" as a matter of policy.

The unidentified teenager was apprehended after crossing the border near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 13, the agency said.

CBP said Carlos was processed as a minor unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Federal law and CBP's guidelines generally require that unaccompanied youth be transferred within three days to a facility operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The boy was given a welfare check Monday morning and was later found unresponsive, a CBP official said. The cause of death is unknown, the agency said.

The suspect almost ran over 23-year-old Antolin Lopez Aguilar then lied about the incident in his report, according to Arizona Daily Star. The official said CBP facilities have medical providers who can monitor detainees, though the official did not know what specific symptoms Carlos had.

Bowen sent several text messages to agent Lonnie Ray Swartz who was acquitted previous year of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

A similar plan was being considered in Florida, but the Department of Homeland Security confirmed they will not be sending illegals to the state.

Guatemala's foreign ministry said the teenager was from Baja Verapaz, north of Guatemala City, and was seeking to reunite with family in the United States already.

The American government has faced months of scrutiny over its care of children it apprehends at the border.

Last week a two-year-old boy from Guatemala died at a hospital in Texas after he and his mother were detained by border patrol.

On April 30, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died after officials at an HHS detention facility noticed that he was sick.

Two children, Jakelin Caal Maquín, age 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, age 8, died of infection in December.

But immigrant advocates say the administration's policies, including making it more hard for migrants to seek asylum at official ports of entry, contribute to making their journeys more arduous and drive migrants to seek out remote border outposts badly equipped to care for children. He was diagnosed with the flu and transferred to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station in south Texas later that day to separate him from others at the processing station in the Rio Grande Valley, the official said. Reuters photos taken last week showed adults and children outside the US Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, sleeping on the ground and rigging up makeshift awnings with reflective blankets to shelter form the sun.

"It is unsafe and cruel to detain people, particularly children, in crowded and unsanitary conditions for seeking protection", the organisation said.

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