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8-Year-Old Girl from Panama Dies in Border Patrol Custody

HeadlineMay 19, 2023

In immigration news, an 8-year-old migrant girl from Panama has died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol. Anadith Tanay Reyes Alvarez was being detained at a border facility in Harlingen, Texas, with her parents and two older siblings when she began experiencing a medical emergency, and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, said Wednesday. Her parents, who are from Honduras, said she was born with a heart condition. Honduran officials are demanding a “thorough investigation” into what happened. This is the first known death of a migrant child in Border Patrol custody under the Biden administration and comes a week after it was confirmed a 17-year-old Honduran migrant teen died at a U.S. Health and Human Services facility in Florida earlier this month. A 4-year-old child from Honduras also died in March in HHS custody.

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