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8-year-old migrant dies in US custody following expiration of Title 42

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US border authorities confirmed Wednesday that an eight-year-old woman died whereas of their custody alongside the US southern border. Her demise is the second reported incident of a kid dying in US custody for the reason that lifting of Title 42, a Trump-era immigration coverage that has been widely criticized by human rights teams.

A press release from US Customs and Border Safety (CBP) acknowledged the woman and her household have been held in a US Border Patrol facility in Harlingen, Texas. There, the woman “skilled a medical emergency.” Emergency personnel transported the woman to an area hospital the place she was pronounced useless. The Workplace of Skilled Duty (OPR), a authorities watchdog, has already launched an investigation into the woman’s demise.

Border authorities warned of this potential hurt in court filings final week. The filings stem from a ruling from a federal decide in Florida, which went into impact the identical day that Title 42 expired. The ruling requires border officers to retain migrants in custody till they obtain a discover from an immigration court docket to listen to their asylum claims. Previous to the ruling, due to overcrowding at federal border amenities, border officers had launched migrants with out discover, requesting that they as an alternative report at a later time to an immigration workplace.

In response to the decide’s ruling, border authorities acknowledged that they have been left with “solely inferior choices” for dealing with migrants alongside the US’s southern border. They warned, “Probably the most instant penalties of the court docket’s orders will doubtless be overcrowding in detention amenities…[which] inflicts hurt on migrants.” Whereas the CBP didn’t explicitly state the woman’s demise was resulting from overcrowding, a Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) official instructed CNN on April 29 that detention amenities alongside the southern border had surpassed their capability.

Final Friday, one other migrant died whereas in US authorities’ custody. The 17-year-old Honduran died in a resettlement shelter in Florida. Their demise can also be below investigation.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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