Seven-year-old Guatemalan dies of dehydration on US-Mexico border

December 14, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Situation

Ever since the showdown at the US Mexico Border began with the onset during the campaign of United States 2018 mid-term elections for US Senate and the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump has repeatedly raised his concerns about ‘migrant caravan’. Several reports contradicted the President Donald Trump’s message to the American people about fear of the caravan of poor Central American migrants who are fleeing dangerous situations and walking toward the US in hopes of receiving asylum in Mexico or the US. In the most recent development, a seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week has died after being taken into the custody of the US border patrol, federal immigration authorities said. The Washington Post reported that the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl, from Guatemala, was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on 6 December. In a statement, customs and border protection authorities said the girl had not eaten or consumed water in several days.Seven

Challenge

Many of the migrants say they want to seek asylum in the U.S., which is not illegal — in fact, the right to seek asylum is protected by both U.S. and international law. The processing of asylum applications has slowed to 40 per day in recent times due to widespread chaos and confusion about what US policy for migrants is? People seeking asylum are looking at months in wait times before their asylum applications are even reviewed.  It is a huge challenge for the current US government. A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told a reporter that San Ysidro is limited by its facilities, which can hold up to 300 people, and that the port of entry can process about 100 people per day under ideal conditions. Processing 163 immigrants in a single night could have posed challenges for the agency, whose detention facilities are meant to be temporary and do not usually accommodate that many people. The challenge to quickly screen the applications for asylum is a real one that needs attention at the earliest. When hoards of migrants show up at the border the law enforcement agencies, border patrol agents and even US military cannot control spread of violence like the one occurred during tear gas firings by US agents on Thanksgiving weekend.Seven

The girl’s death raises questions about whether border agents knew she was ill and whether she was fed anything or given anything to drink during the more than eight hours she was in custody. It is imperative that the current US Administration of Donald Trump ensures that border security situation on the southern border between US and Mexico has accelerated processing for all asylum applications to ensure that the image of United States as a beacon of hope for the poor and oppressed is restored and no further damage is done to country’s reputation by such unfortunate incidents at the border.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

US border patrol agents have reported an increasing number of large groups of immigrants, many with young children, walking up to them and turning themselves in. Most are from Central America and say they are fleeing violence. They turn themselves in instead of trying to circumvent authorities, many with plans to apply for asylum. In a situation like this one it is essential that the Border Security agency and their agents need a technology that can help them swiftly ascertain who among the group of asylum applicants is telling the truth and who is not. It is a common global problem that countries in Europe have also been facing with continuous inflow of migrants from the middle east causing European Migrant Crisis. In Latin America, the political and economic instability has put Brazil on the edge with Venezuelan migrants crossing the border to seek refuge.Seven

Brainwave Science has developed a technology that can specifically address this problem of border security for all nations. iCognative is one technology that can support US law enforcement agencies including Border Security Agents and The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement specifically screen who should be admitted to the US and who should not. As migrants travel with no legal documents, the current biometric system or investigative method used at the border, such as a retinal scan, fingerprinting or interviews can’t provide effective results, keeping the law enforcement personnel in a dilemma. Identifying the traffickers, smugglers, terrorists or criminals through existing investigative or screening tools is as challenging as identifying a needle in a haystack.Seven

In the specific case of death of a 7-year old Guatemalan girl at the US Mexico Border, US Border Agents help avoid such life-threatening situations and accelerate clearance rate of asylum applications using iCognative technology. Using all the information collected by the investigations and by intelligence collected by local law enforcement agents, Border agents can conduct a iCognative specific screening test on any person of interest to investigators. Within 45 minutes, the test will help investigators ascertain with over 99% accuracy if the person is a genuine asylum applicant or a criminal or a drug gang member posing as one. With iCognative on the side of law enforcement authorities US Immigration’s and Customs Enforcement agents in conjunction with Border agents can reduce the processing time per application from months to just a day. The same number of officers can double the number of cases handled per day efficiently, accurately with savings generated in both time and monies for the US Government. Moreover, it also effectively addresses the goal of President Trump’s border security plan to ensure that violent criminals, drug traffickers and gang-members are rejected and only those who truly deserve asylum are granted one. iCognative by Brainwave Science gives authorities an opportunity to find potentially dangerous people before their entrance to the country is approved, thereby preventing future crimes and saving their own citizens. Identifying criminals quickly and scientifically, iCognative is a powerful technology that can radically change the situation with migration control while protecting the rights of nations as well as with respect for human rights.

Main Source: BBC News