Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that Border Patrol agents in El Paso apprehended the largest single group of migrants ever encountered.
CBP said the group consisted of 1,036 undocumented immigrants. It was taken into custody just after 3 a.m. on May 29, 2019.
The Border Patrol said a section of the existing border barrier was breached, enabling the large group to enter the U.S. The undocumented immigrants are currently being processed at the 10 facilities in the Border Patrol’s El Paso sector.
All members of the group were from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador, officials said. The group included 934 family members, 63 unaccompanied minors, and 39 single adults. Officials said it was the largest apprehension of migrants on record.
39-year-old James Kirkland, of Kingman, AZ, was shot by a State Police officer Wednesday during a tense standoff along I-25 near Hatch, in southern New Mexico. According to police, Kirkland drove through a Border Patrol checkpoint and then led police on a chase with his wife and their 7-year-old son in the car.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, Kirkland’s wife jumped out of the car and ran. Kirkland then held their son hostage in the car with a gun and threatened to kill the boy and himself.
An officer fired his department-issued weapon, hitting Kirkland. Officers were then able to rescue the boy, who was uninjured. Kirkland was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the completion of a “powerful wall” in New Mexico. The steel wall was built in Santa Teresa. It replaced fencing that was used to prevent vehicles from crossing. According to the Washington Examiner, the money for the project came from the congressional budget in May 2017. The tweet reads: “We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico. Completed on January 30, 2019 – 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction!”
Progressive freshman Democrats wore pins to the State of the Union Tuesday bearing the photo of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died in U.S. custody at the border last year.
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted Monday that she would be wearing the pin into the House chamber during the president’s address. She was joined by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The pins served as a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s argument for a southern border wall Tuesday night; while Trump has argued that criminal migrants are crossing the border at crisis levels, border apprehensions have trended downward. The pins underlined that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has actually been strained by a surge in apprehensions of unaccompanied children and families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Caal Maquin died after 25 hours in the custody of the Border Patrol following a journey to New Mexico from Guatemala with her father. Felipe Gomez Alonzo, an 8-year-old boy who emigrated from Guatemala, also died in U.S. custody later that month.
An 8-year-old Guatemalan detained by Customs and Border Protection died just after midnight Christmas Day at a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the agency reported, an agent noticed Monday that the child was ill. The boy and his father were taken to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, N,M, where the boy was diagnosed with a cold, according to a border agency news release. Later, he was found to have a fever and was held for an additional 90 minutes before he was released with prescriptions for antibiotics. But the child became seriously ill Monday night, when he vomited, and was taken back to the hospital. The cause of death was not known. An agency spokesman declined to provide details on where the child was being held or when he was caught.
A border official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the child was apprehended in El Paso, Texas, and taken to Alamagordo, N.M., about 100 miles away, because of overcrowding in El Paso cells.
An investigation will be conducted by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the news release said. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and Congress have been notified, it said.
The Guatemalan government was also notified. Guatemalan officials were meeting with the boy’s father and will speak with any family members who are in Guatemala, according to the news release.
Doña Ana County authorities said a man is accused of setting his wheelchair bounded mother with gasoline and trying to set her on fire.
Doña Ana County sheriff’s officials said 27 year old Johnny Jimenez is in jail without bond on suspicion of one felony count of attempted aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon.
The woman said her son got mad at her after she asked him for help to cook dinner to celebrate her 63rd birthday Monday.
She said her son slammed her head into the washing machine, causing her to fall out of her wheelchair.
He then allegedly poured gasoline on her and unsuccessfully tried to ignite the fluid with a lighter.
New Mexico legislators are looking at the creation of a new state agency to oversee early childhood education and other services for preschool aged children in the state.
Democratic state Senator Michael Padilla of Albuquerque on Tuesday announced a bill that would create a new Cabinet level department focused on the needs of children before kindergarten including at home intervention services.
Democratic Governor elect Michelle Lujan Grisham campaigned on pledges to provide universal access to preschool to better prepare children for elementary school and improve childhood wellbeing. Padilla says an Early Childhood Education and Care Department is needed to provide consistency and accountability to those efforts.
Lawmakers are confronting a court order to provide more public education resources to help students from low income and minority families. Padilla’s bill reserves an assistant secretary position for a Native American community representative.
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.