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Questions are being raised as to how immigration officials are handling migrants with possible illnesses. (Source: KGBT Photo)

After the opening of the Donna Soft-Sided Facility, CBP made it clear that it learned from previous experiences and said the current and previous health history of apprehended immigrants is a priority.

But earlier this week, 16 year-old Carlos Hernández Vásquez from Guatemala, died Monday at the Border Patrol station in Weslaco after being found unresponsive.

His cause of death is still unknown.

Questions are being raised as to how immigration officials are handling migrants with possible illnesses.

A CBP spokesperson declined to be interviewed and referred us to their standards on transport. escort, detention and search.

It states in part, “Officers/agents must ask detainees about and visually inspect for any sign of injury, illness, or physical health concerns…”

It goes on to say that everything should be documented and medical care should be provided.

In the event an apprehended immigrant escapes, “Pursuit of the escapee by officers/agents should only be conducted when it does not jeopardize the security of detainees and the public.”

CBS 4 reached out to major hospitals in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, but we did not hear back or we were directed to CBP.

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