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A Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. border patrol custody

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

WASHINGTON – Jakelin Caal Maquin, a seven-year-old girl who crossed a remote part of the US-Mexico border with her father last week, died less than two days after being apprehended by the US border patrol in New Mexico, immigration officials have said.

The girl vomited and stopped breathing in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before being transferred to a hospital, where she suffered brain swelling and cardiac arrest, according to CBP.

Lawyers of Jakelin’s father called for an investigation that “will assess this incident within nationally recognized standards for the arrest and custody of children. The family intends to assist in such an investigation into the cause and circumstances of Jakelin’s death.”

The lawyers, Enrique Moreno and Elena Esparza, also criticized border authorities for asking Caal to sign a form written in English about the state of his daughter’s health not long after they arrived at the border, when she showed no problems.

The administration of Donald Trump was criticized by many internal and international human rights organization for its crackdown on migrants.

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