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What Happened to the Migrant Baby CBP Called a ‘Potential Death’?

After an alarming announcement about a “potential death in custody” of a 6-month-old baby girl, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s silence on the matter is suddenly deafening.

Others warned that the agency’s initial statement was indicative of broader mismanagement of the crisis at the nation’s southern border—or, even worse, amounted to a maladroit attempt to get out in front of yet another in-custody death of a migrant child.

“It's really a symptom of the main issue, which is just persistent mismanagement of the border, resulting in more and more deaths,” said Ursela Ojeda, a policy adviser with the Women’s Refugee Commission’s migrant rights and justice program. “I’m quite worried that the agency that’s making this sort of press release is also in charge of the health and safety of migrant children and families.”