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December 05, 2019

Thompson Statement on New Evidence in Death of Child While in CBP Custody

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on an investigative news report on the death of Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a child in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody on May 20.

“Today’s report calls into serious question the steps U.S. Customs and Border Protection claims to have taken to care for a child in its custody. Not only did CBP hold Carlos longer than the legal limit and apparently fail to care for him while he was sick, the agency seems to have been untruthful with Congress and the public about the circumstances around his tragic death. This is inexcusable. The DHS Office of Inspector General should examine all video from Carlos’ time in custody, complete their investigation expeditiously, and release their findings as soon as possible.  The death of one child in CBP custody is too many, and Carlos was the sixth in under a year. It is past time the Trump Administration is held accountable.”

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