HarlingenAn 8-year-old girl died Wednesday in Border Patrol custody, authorities said, a rare event that comes as the agency struggles with overcrowding.
The girl and her family were being held at a station in Harlingen, Texas Rio Grande Valleyone of the busiest lanes for illegal crossings, US Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, she said. The girl witnessed an “emergency medical condition” and was taken to a nearby hospital where she died, according to the statement, which did not disclose her nationality or provide additional information about the incident.
An official said the CBP’s Bureau of Home Affairs would investigate. Sergeant Larry MooreA Harlingen Police Department spokesman said he had no information about the death.
The Border Patrol had 28,717 people in detention on May 10, the day before the end of pandemic-related asylum restrictions, which had doubled from two weeks ago, according to a court filing. By Sunday, the number had fallen 23% to 22,259, still extraordinarily high.


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