DHS Sec Kirstjen Nielsen Addresses ‘Heart-Wrenching’ Death of 7-Year-Old Girl in Border Patrol Custody

During her appearance on Fox & Friends Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was asked about a 7-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala who died from dehydration and shock after being taken into Border Patrol custody.

According to a report in the Washington Post citing Customs and Border Protection records, the girl was in Border Patrol custody for approximately eight hours in the New Mexico desert when she began having seizures. Emergency responders took her temperature, which came out to 105.7 degrees.

Per CBP — whose account of the girl’s death is the only one which has been publicly-reported thus far — she was taken by helicopter to a children’s hospital in El Paso, and died less than 24 hours later.

Nielsen had this to say about the girl’s death:

“It’s heart-wrenching, is what it is. And my heart goes out to the family, for all of DHS. This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey. This family chose to cross illegally. What happened here is that they were 90 miles away from where we could process them. They came in such a large crowd that it took our border patrol folks a couple times to get them all.

“We gave immediate care. We’ll continue to look into the situation. But again, I cannot stress how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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