Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez was a little boy who died after being apprehended at the southern U.S. border last year, according to the Washington Post.
The 2 ½-year-old Guatemalan boy died in El Paso, Texas, in May 2019 after several weeks in the hospital, the report stated, citing “the Guatemalan Consulate and another person with direct knowledge of the case.”
Ramírez Vásquez was “the fourth migrant child to die since December after being apprehended at the southern border and taken to the hospital” at the time of The Post’s report.
All have been from Guatemala, a Central American nation experiencing severe drought and poverty, and where smugglers have been offering discounted trips to families traveling to the United States.
The child reportedly had spent three days in federal custody and “appeared to have developed a form of pneumonia.”
Following the deaths of two Guatemalan children in December 2018, “Homeland Security officials expanded care for children at the border. They have required health screenings of all children in custody and deployed scores of medics and equipment to the border to quickly triage new arrivals.”