BP agent accused of striking migrant with his truck sent racist messages


The statement released by the U.S Customs and Border Protection said, "A 16-year-old Guatemalan national passed away this morning at the Weslaco Station in the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector".

If the text messages are admitted, Bowen's attorney, Sean Chapman, said he would try to show "the use of these terms is commonplace throughout the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, that it is part of the agency's culture and therefore says nothing about Mr. Bowen's mindset", according to court papers.

Migrants are being dropped off by the U.S. Broder Patrol at a California bus station after a surge in the number of those crossing the Mexican border into the United States in recent months has caused overcrowded housing facilities, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

Vasquez crossed into the U.S. with a group of about 70 people and was transported to the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, to await transfer to the custody of the Health and Human Services Department, as is customary for unaccompanied minors. The cause of death is unknown, the agency said.

John Sanders, CBP's acting commissioner, said in a statement that his agency was "saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family".

The top Border Patrol official said family units and UACs makes up 64% of all southern border apprehensions, a significant increase from years prior.

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Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was found unresponsive in his detention cell "during a welfare check" Monday, a day after a nurse practitioner had diagnosed him with Influenza A and Border Patrol officials had moved to isolate him from other detained migrants, a CBP official told reporters during a conference call.

Lopez was hospitalized with abrasions to his right hand and his knees and sentenced to 30 days in federal prison for crossing the border illegally.

Last week a two-year-old boy from Guatemala died at a hospital in Texas after he and his mother were detained by border patrol. "CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody".

The messages sent by Nogales Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, have been unearthed by federal prosecutors that suggest a disdain towards immigrants. The official said CBP facilities have medical providers who can monitor detainees, though the official did not know what specific symptoms Carlos had. Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, died of sepsis, a bacterial infection, in an El Paso hospital in December, two days after she and her father were detained. Reuters photos taken last week showed adults and children outside the US Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, sleeping on the ground and rigging up makeshift awnings with reflective blankets to shelter form the sun.

President Donald Trump's administration has for months warned that the USA immigration system was at a "breaking point".

"It is unsafe and cruel to detain people, particularly children, in crowded and unsanitary conditions for seeking protection", it added.