Published On: Fri, Aug 10th, 2018

Migrant Child Dies After Leaving South Texas Immigration Facility, State Opens Investigation

Signs are seen at the entrance to the South Texas Family Residential Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Dilley, Texas.

A child has reportedly died after leaving a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas, according to The Guardian. On Thursday, child welfare officials opened an investigation into the incident that occurred last week.

The announcement was made after a public hearing in which immigration attorneys reported that the child’s name and other information surrounding the situation were not being released. Shortly after, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services declared that they had received the name and were launching an investigation.

Reports of a child dying after leaving an Ice facility in Dilley, Texas, have been circulating on social media, further adding to the heated immigration debate and Trump administration tightening security measures at the border. Although specific details have been sparse, this particular case marks the 52nd child abuse and neglect investigation since December. The other cases have either not been substantiated by child welfare officials or are still ongoing.

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Migrant Child Dies After Leaving South Texas Immigration Facility, State Opens Investigation