A seven-year-old girl who illegally crossed the border into America died hours after being taken into custody by border agents, it emerged today.
A Guatemalan official told Buzzfeed News that the form was in English and the father, who speaks a Mayan language, may not have understood Border Patrol agents' explanations.
The final question is whether she should be in a general population, referred for non-emergency medical care or referred for emergency medical care.
The group was held at one of 17 "forward operating bases" in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - spartan facilities built in recent years to increase official USA presence in extremely remote areas. The agents provided ground transportation for the father. The agents initially took the 163 migrants to a small forward operating base (FOB) located near the port of entry. But she also used the opportunity to argue against migrants and asylum-seekers making the journey to the U.S.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said, "Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to stop this tragedy from occurring".
Two days later, 7-year-old Jakelin was dead, Customs and Border Protection's officials said Friday.
"The agents involved are deeply affected and empathize with the father over the loss of his daughter", McAleenan said Friday.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley responded to the death of the young girl, saying it could have been "100 percent preventable", the Post reported.More news: United Nations brokers partial ceasefire in Yemen's civil war
Agents called ahead to Lordsburg Border Patrol Station about 95 miles away, where the bus was headed, officials said, so that paramedics could meet them when they arrived.
The groups sometimes spend days in smugglers' stash houses or walk through remote areas with little food or water before reaching the border. The office also said it would continue an "ongoing program of unannounced inspections" of CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, and report those results publicly as well. The Trump administration has pushed back on the notion that the government was responsible for the girl's death.
The two were crossing into the United States from Mexico illegally and were taken into custody as part of a group of people who turned themselves into US agents.
When the bus arrived at the Lordsburg station about 6:30 a.m., the father told agents the child was not breathing, according to CBP.
Mr Trump has vowed to keep each migrant on the Mexican side of the border until courts have decided their cases, meaning some face a long wait.
Emergency medical technicians discovered her fever was 105.7 degrees Fahrenheit (40.9 degrees Celsius). They turned themselves in on December 6, immigration officials said. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked that ban, but the administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate it Tuesday.
"If we could just come together and pass some common sense laws to disincentivize people from coming up from the border and encourage them to do it the right way, the legal way, then those types of deaths, those types of assaults, those types of rapes, the child smuggling, the human trafficking that would all come to an end". MSNBC has reported that she wasn't seen by a doctor for an hour and a half after she first started vomiting, even though her father told authorities that she was sick.