The girl, who was traveling with her dad, was detained December 6 along with other migrants who turned themselves in to US agents along a desolate stretch of New Mexico, a source at US Customs and Border Protection told The Post on Thursday.
The child began having seizures hours after she was taken into custody and was airlifted to the Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, CBP told the Post.
Emergency responders said the child had "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days".
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child", the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Border Patrol, said in a statement.
In a statement sent to NPR, a spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, stated, "As we have always said, traveling north illegally is extremely unsafe". "Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child's life under the most trying of circumstances", a CBP spokesman told the Washington Post, which first reported the story.
Now, border agents are refusing to say whether she was given food or water when she arrived at their facility or she was seen by a doctor.
It says she died there after suffering a cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with brain swelling and liver failure. Total US aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, three countries that most migrants stream out to the US through Mexico, is less than $ 1 billion.
The girl's father notified agents she was sick and vomiting shortly before the bus took off at 5 a.m.
The port of entry is more than 90 miles by road from the Border Patrol station where migrants caught in that area are processed, and the station has only one bus, which was dispatched at 10 p.m.
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Homeland Security said an "accompanied female juvenile detainee" started having seizures after she was detained.
"The agents involved are deeply affected and empathize with the father over the loss of his daughter", said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
There were just over 300,000 apprehensions at the border past year, down from almost 900,000 a decade earlier, according to CBP data.
CBP officers at busy ports of entry in Texas and California have been telling people who arrive seeking asylum they must wait in Mexico for their turn to make a claim.
And in August, a mother filed suit against a detention center because of the death of her toddler, who died from a respiratory infection more than two months after her and her mother were detained.
The Fox News host called the news of the girl's death "heartbreaking" and said the incident could have been avoided.
Immigrants, attorneys and activists have long raised issues with the conditions of border patrol holding cells.
President Donald Trump wants to ban people who cross the border illegally from being able to apply for asylum, but his efforts have so far been thwarted by a federal appeals court.