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Guatemalan child dies in US custody at border

Guatemalan child dies in US custody at border

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in US custody after being detained by US border police in the state of New Mexico, The Washington Post has reported.
The girl – who illegally crossed the border from Mexico along with her father and dozens of others – died of “dehydration and shock,” the newspaper reported, citing the US Customs and Border Protection.
The child – whom CBP said “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days” – began having seizures over eight hours after being detained, was flown to a hospital and died there, the Post said.
US President Donald Trump has made hard-line immigration policies a central plank of his presidency, drawing fire from critics who accuse him of demonizing migrants for political gain.
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He vowed to build a wall on the border with Mexico, deployed thousands of US troops there and separated more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents as part of a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.