A seven years old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.
According to Customs and Border Protections records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about 10 p.m. Dec. 6 south of Lordsburg, N.M., as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.
More than eight hours later, the child began having seizures at 6:25 a.m., CBP records show. Emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, and according to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”
After a helicopter flight to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, the child went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” according to the agency. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” CBP said.
More than 30 people, mostly faith leaders, were arrested Monday as part of a peaceful demonstration in which some participants purposefully resisted officials’ orders to move away from the border barrier.
A group between 300 and 400 people, many faith and community leaders from across the country, marched down the beach to the southwest corner of the U.S. in Border Field State Park to call for protection for migrants and the right to seek asylum.
Border Patrol spokesman Eduardo Olmos said 31 people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing by the Federal Protective Service and one was arrested by the Border Patrol on suspicion of assaulting an agent.
The event, held on International Human Rights Day, kicked off a week of nationwide demonstrations with the message “Love knows no borders” that will last until International Migrants Day next Tuesday.
Thousands of people had to evacuate their homes after a raging wildfire razed 18,000 acres in Butte County in northern California. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed reports that the evacuees had to leave their vehicles as they fled the scene. “We are putting them in other vehicles with space. We are working very hard to get people out. The message I want to send is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate. ”
Paradise is a city of some 27,000 people 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, and the Governor has ordered its immediate evacuation. The sheriff’s office is posting evacuation information in real time on its website. The California Highway Patrol indicated that Highway 70 is closed, so they called on drivers who must transit through the area to take alternative roads.
Shary Bernacett, a resident of the area, said the fire came near the Feather River Hospital located 3 miles from a mobile home park where she and her husband tried to evacuate people. Bernacett said she and her husband “knocked on doors, shouted and shouted” to alert as many residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave the area while authorities ordered the area evacuated. The Death toll is on the rise.
On late Tuesday, New Mexico voters elected the first Democratic Latina governor in the United States. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who made a name for herself as one of President Donald Trumps’ strongest critics on immigration, beat Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, a conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Lujan Grisham’s historic win flips New Mexico’s governor’s mansion from red to blue for the first time since 2002. The 58-year-old lawyer from Los Alamos will replace Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who also made history in 2010 when she became the first Latina governor ever elected in the United States.
Colonized by Spain, the land that is now New Mexico became U.S. territory as part oft he Gadsen Purchase in 1853, though New Mexico did not become a U.S. state until 1912. During World War II, New Mexico was the site of the top-secret Manhattan Project, in which top U.S. scientists raced to create the first atomic bomb, which was tested at the Trinity Bomb site, near Alamagordo, on July 16, 1945. In 1947, Roswell, New Mexico, became a topic of speculation about extraterrestrial life when a local farmer discovered unidentified debris on his property, which some believed was the remains of a crashed alien spacecraft. Visitors to New Mexico frequent attractions like the Very Large Array telescope in Socorro and the historic city of Santa Fe, which artist Georgia O’Keeffe famously called home.
New Mexico state fair stared in 1938, as a small event that brought together people in the area. As legislation was approved for the space, the fair is currently located on 236 acres in the heart of Albuquerque, the Expo grounds are lined with beautiful trees and charming, historical buildings. It’s easily accessible with five entrances and lots of parking spaces. During the fair, thousand of public and private events are held from horse shows to hockey games, concerts and company picnics.