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  • DHS OIG Completes Investigation of the Death of Seven-Year-Old Guatemalan Child

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    Public Affairs (202) 254-4100

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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently completed an investigation into the death of a Guatemalan child who died in U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) custody.  

    The investigation found no misconduct or malfeasance by DHS personnel:

    •    On December 6, 2018, a 7-year-old child and her father were apprehended in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.  
    •    On December 7, 2018, during transport from Antelope Wells to another USBP facility 90 miles away in Lordsburg, New Mexico, the child’s father reported that she was ill with a fever and vomiting.  The child also started having seizures.  
    •    When the child arrived at the USBP station in Lordsburg, USBP Emergency Medical Technicians initiated medical care and flew the child to the hospital by commercial air ambulance.  
    •    USBP personnel drove the father to the hospital.
    •    The child was pronounced dead at the hospital the next day. 
    •    OIG conducted a detailed investigation and coordinated with the local medical examiner’s office.  
    •    The state medical examiner’s autopsy report found the child died of natural causes due to sequelae of Streptococcal sepsis.

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  • DHS OIG Completes Investigation of the Death of Eight-Year-Old Guatemalan Child

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    The Office of the Inspector General Completes Investigation of the Death of Eight-Year-Old Guatemalan Child Who Died in U.S. Border Patrol Custody

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) completed an investigation into the death of a Guatemalan child who died in U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) custody.  

    The investigation found no misconduct or malfeasance by DHS personnel:

    •    On December 18, 2018, an 8-year-old child and his father were apprehended near El Paso, Texas.  
    •    On December 23, 2018, they were transported to the Alamogordo, New Mexico USBP Checkpoint to await family placement.
    •    On December 24, 2018, a USBP agent noticed that the child appeared ill and interviewed the father, who requested medical treatment for his son.  
    •    USBP transported the child and the child’s father to the nearest hospital for evaluation and treatment.  
    •    The hospital staff diagnosed the child with an upper respiratory infection, prescribed amoxicillin and acetaminophen, and discharged the child, who was returned to the USBP facility. 
    •    USBP personnel obtained and administered the prescriptions to the child.  
    •    The child’s condition improved briefly, and subsequently worsened.
    •    USBP again transported the child and father to the hospital; upon arrival, the child was unresponsive and pronounced dead.
    •    OIG conducted a detailed investigation, with assistance from CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and coordinated with the local medical examiner’s office.  
    •    The state medical examiner's autopsy report found the cause of death was “complications of influenza B infection with Staphylococcus aureus superinfection and sepsis.”  The investigation did not reveal evidence that USBP personnel were aware that the child was diagnosed with influenza B.

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  • DOJ and DHS OIGs Release a Joint Review of Law Enforcement Cooperation on the Southwest Border between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations

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    DOJ OIG: John Lavinsky, (202) 514-3435

    DHS OIG: Erica Paulson, (202) 981-6000

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    Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and Department Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari announced today the release of a joint review examining law enforcement cooperation on the Southwest border between DOJ’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The FBI and HSI share many of the same statutory authorities to investigate certain crimes, underscoring the need for agents to share information and manage investigative overlap effectively.

    The Offices of Inspector General (OIGs) found that the majority (63%) of FBI and HSI Southwest border agents did not encounter cooperation failures, and agents reported that task forces improved cooperation and allowed for increased collaboration between the FBI and HSI.  However, of the 37% of agents who did experience cooperation failures, 87% reported at least one negative impact as a result, such as loss of trust, unnecessarily prolonged investigations, and failure to gather evidence or apprehend a target. 
    The report identified several factors that may have contributed to these cooperation failures, including:

    • The FBI and HSI had inconsistent practices, lacked specific policies, and many agents were unaware of requirements related to deconfliction. In February 2019, ICE issued an agency-specific deconfliction policy that may result in improvements.

    • Many agents did not understand the other agency’s mission and authorities and did not trust the other agency or its personnel. 

    • DOJ and DHS do not have a memorandum of understanding related to cooperation on the Southwest border. 
    The DOJ OIG and DHS OIG made five recommendations to the FBI and HSI to address these cooperation challenges.  The FBI agreed with all five recommendations.  HSI agreed with three of the recommendations and did not concur with two of them.
    Today’s report is available:

    • On the DOJ OIG website: https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2019/e1903.pdf

    • On the DHS OIG website: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-08/OIG-19-57-Jul19.pdf

    • On Oversight.gov: https://www.oversight.gov/report/doj/joint-review-law-enforcement-cooperation-southwest-border-between-federal-bureau

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