‘Epidemic of death’ alleged at Texas processing center

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National News

May 23, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Migrants line up for processing at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas, in June 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/TNS)

HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has temporarily stopped sending migrants to a massive processing center in South Texas following the death of a 16-year-old who fell ill there and a flu outbreak.

The teenager, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was the fifth Guatemalan migrant youth to die after arriving at the border since December, prompting members of Congress to call for a federal investigation.

“We are deeply concerned that the overcrowded conditions at Border Patrol holding facilities are placing detained migrants at risk,” Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and two dozen fellow senators wrote to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general Wednesday, demanding they investigate immigration detention facilities on the border holding youths and families.

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