Migrant Children Are Dying in U.S. Custody

Since September 2018, 6 migrant children have died either in U.S. custody or shortly after being released — Brut spoke to one of the families in Guatemala.

Migrant Children Dying in U.S. Custody

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died in U.S. custody on May 20, 2019 — shortly after crossing the southern border. He left Guatemala for the U.S. to try to help his family at 16. His dream was to help us, help his family, and his brother who has special needs. He liked music, he shared it with us in church. He was the bass player who played with all the guys, that’s why today the community is left very sad by what happened. His father is now pleading for the United States to return his son’s body to the family.

Hernandez Vasquez was in Border Patrol custody when he was diagnosed with influenza. He was found unresponsive the following day. His childhood friend, Hector, Remembers him.

Since September 2018, 6 migrant children have died In U.S. custody or soon after being released. This has raised concerns over conditions migrants are facing in detention centers. Their ages ranged from 2 ½ to 16 years old. Five of the children who died were from Guatemala and one was from El Salvador. After two deaths in December, U.S. Border Patrol started ordering medical checks for all children in custody.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is calling on Congress and the Justice Department to investigate the deaths — citing a lack of answers from the Trump administration.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D- TX) concludes with “This should set off many alarms. Prior to the Trump Administration, CBP had not had a child die on their watch for over a decade. But now, under the Trump Administration, we’re seeing a pattern of death.”


05/29/2019 9:34 PM
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  • Joni B.
    05/29/2019 21:45

    I think his body should be returned it's the right thing to do.

  • Dale K.
    05/29/2019 22:00

    HE should have stayed home!!!!!

  • Ginny H.
    05/29/2019 22:05

    either cross legally or stay home

  • Carol B.
    05/29/2019 22:10

    RIP AMEN return his body to his family , so sad was he sick already Prayers for family & friend's , wish they would stop coming illegally so sad they spend tons of money to do it illegally so may bad thing's keep happening very sad

  • Bonnie A.
    05/29/2019 22:35

    Are you kidding? Why weren’t you with him? Seriously what the hell

  • Bonnie A.
    05/29/2019 22:36

    Are you kidding?send the money and request for his return, and his care while here

  • Gloria O.
    05/29/2019 22:43

    Heart breaking I have a 16 year old son myself.and thankfully I'm not going through their hardship but even if I was. I would never have left him go or expected him to carry such a huge responsible to go to send money back the family especially alone and so young that's his father's job

  • Kendra N.
    05/29/2019 23:22

    This is so wrong. What our country is doing to these people is shameful. I cannot imagine how we will excuse these horrors we are inflicting to these people, to our children. History will not be kind to us if we don't stand up for people who are doing the same as our own ancestors.

  • James D.
    05/29/2019 23:30

    Guatemala isnt in the USA

  • Michael C.
    05/29/2019 23:39

    How is this our country responsibility, if he wants his son travel to get him and transport him yourself, except you want tax payers dollars to do that meanwhile our country needs it somewhere else

  • Victoria B.
    05/30/2019 00:34

    Pobre gente, que triste todo, viajo para ayudar a su familia. QEPD

  • Arlene H.
    05/30/2019 00:50

    This is so sad.

  • Lo H.
    05/30/2019 01:33

    I bet people who supported this are also "pro-lifer".

  • Dorothy R.
    05/30/2019 03:31

    sad, but we can't be responsible

  • Brut
    05/30/2019 13:24

    Hundreds of migrant families were held in a parking lot under a bridge in El Paso, Texas — and immigration advocates are outraged.

  • Eugene M.
    05/30/2019 13:41

    Blame the parents for this.

  • Josephine B.
    06/01/2019 16:31

    Parents should not let children come here alone..... come in legally please save young lives.

  • Billie R.
    06/01/2019 18:38


  • Jeffery M.
    06/01/2019 21:34

    I don't really care about people coming in to America illegally they broke the law and put kids in harm's way

  • Mark C.
    06/02/2019 02:13

    That's a good argument for. File asylum on line. Leave a number.A Rep will call you when you are approved..