CBP Announces 16-Year Old Guatemalan National Died in Rio Grande Valley

CBP announced that a 16-year-old Guatemalan national passed away at the Weslaco Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The individual was apprehended for illegal entry on 5/13/19, and was found unresponsive on 5/20/19. The cause of death is not known at this time.

On 9/16/21, DHS OIG released a report, stating that it has investigated the death, and determined USBP did not conduct adequate physical checks as required by national standards, but that the cause of death was H1N1 and bacterial/staph infections. Prosecution was declined.

El Paso Matters: New report shows “deeply troubling failures” by Border Patrol in boy’s death, key congressional leader says – September 17, 2021

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19052032.

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