Migrant Teen from Guatemala Dies In US Custody after Brain Surgery

Nicole Rojas SAVE THIS

A group of Central American migrants surrenders to U.S. Border Patrol Agents south of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas, U.S., March 6, 2019 (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson).

A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who was held in a Texas shelter for migrant children died in federal custody on April 30. The teen was an unaccompanied minor who had crossed the US-Mexico border on April 19.

The teen was transferred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelter — known as the Southwest Key Casa Padre — in Brownsville, Texas on April 20, according to Buzzfeed News. The shelter operates out of a former Walmart and houses approximately 1,200 migrant children.

Evelyn Stauffer, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, told The North Star that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clinicians did not notice any health issues and that…

Subscribe to The North Star

Subscribe for $10 a month to gain access to this and many more articles from The North Star.

Do you already have an account?

RELATED STORIES

Join The Conversation

Join the Conversation