WASHINGTON – A 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in the United States custody last year, a previously unreported case which brought to six the number of migrant children known to die after being detained by border authorities in eight months.
Officials said the girl had a history of congenital heart defects and died on Sep. 2018 at a hospital in Nebraska.
President Donald Trump vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border amid an increase in the number of people trying to cross the frontier in recent months.
He declared a national emergency in February to bypass Congress and appropriate funds for a border wall. (BBC)