Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials made a concerted effort Friday to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a 7-year-old girl in government custody after she and her father were apprehended attempting to cross the southern border into New Mexico.
Since the Washington Post first reported on the girl’s case Thursday, five days after she died from dehydration and cardiac arrest, Democrats have called for an investigation and the ACLU has criticized how migrants apprehended on the border are treated once arrested.
Late Friday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi added her weight to the calls to find out more about what happened and why.
“We must honor the spark of divinity in every person. We have a moral responsibility to ensure all children are treated with decency and compassion,” Pelosi said in a statement, adding “the Congress will … investigate this horrific tragedy to ensure the safety and security of every child.”