US border agents temporarily closed a processing center in South Texas after a 16-year-old Guatemala boy who had been detained at the facility died after being diagnosed with the flu.
Customs and Border Protection said in a statement late Tuesday that it would stop holding migrants at the center in McAllen, Texas, after agents found “a large number” of people suffering from high fevers.
CBP said the agency is providing medical treatment to those with the fevers, and migrants apprehended in the Rio Grand Valley will be housed at other facilities until the situation is resolved.
The McAllen center, a converted warehouse that houses hundreds of parents and children in fenced-in pens, is one of the busiest on the border.
Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, who was diagnosed with the flu on Sunday while being held at the facility, was found unresponsive Monday after being transferred to a smaller center.
He was the fifth minor to die in the custody of US border agents since December.
Carlos was apprehended on May 13 after crossing the border near Hidalgo, Texas, with a large group of people.
An unaccompanied minor, he was first taken to McAllen and remained there for a week – twice as long as allowed by federal law – and then transferred to a facility in Weslaco, Texas, where he died on Monday.
With Post wires