WATCH: Dramatic border video with kids surfaces amid crossing surge
The other day, Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted about a migrant child dying in US custody. The girl was 10 years old and from El Salvador. The incident occurred September of last year.
Heartbreaking and unacceptable. https://t.co/lyeYL49k0V
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) May 23, 2019
It’s clear Wasserman Schultz is trying to use the tragedy to demonize and criminalize ICE. She and her colleagues try to use these stories as proof that agents are mistreating migrant children under the direct orders of the Trump administration. However, there’s one significant detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. The girl had a history of congenital heart defects. They say she was in a “medically fragile” state when she came under their care.
Mark Weber, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said in a statement to CBS News that the girl had a history of congenital heart defects. Weber said when she entered the care of an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facility in San Antonio, Texas, on March 4, 2018, she was in a “medically fragile” state.
“Following a surgical procedure, complications left the child in a comatose state. She was transported to a nursing facility in Phoenix, Arizona for palliative care in May after release from a San Antonio hospital,” Weber said. “On September 26, she was transferred to an Omaha, Neb., nursing facility to be closer to her family. On September 29, the child was transported to Children’s Hospital of Omaha where she passed due to fever and respiratory distress.”
ORR did not release additional details about the girl, whose death was the first of a migrant child in federal custody since 2010, according to officials from ORR and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
It’s certainly sad, but her death shouldn’t be used for political purposes. There’s nothing political about it. She was sick when she got here, and it sounds like they did everything they could to save her.