Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed the “heart-wrenching” death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol “is a very sad example of the dangers” migrants face when they try to enter the U.S.
Nielsen made her comments on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” while bragging about new border crossing statistics:
This family chose to cross illegally. They were about 90 miles away from where we could process them. It took a such a large crowd, it took our Border Patrol folks a couple times to get them all. We cannot stress how dangerous the journey is when migrants come illegally.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Dec. 13 that the girl died of exhaustion, dehydration and shock less than 48 hours after border agents took the girl into custody.
The Washington Post reports that the girl began having seizures about eight hours after being taken into custody and had a 105.7-degree fever.
The girl was taken to a hospital where she went into cardiac arrest and was revived, though she died less than 24 hours later.