A 3-year-old baby died whereas touring on a bus chartered by the state of Texas because it transported asylum seekers from the border metropolis of Brownsville to Chicago as a part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s program to ship migrants from Texas to Democratic-run cities in different states, officers stated.
The kid’s dad and mom have been additionally on the bus when the kid started displaying signs of an sickness, together with a fever and diarrhea, earlier than dropping consciousness, in keeping with Consultant Joaquin Castro, a Democratic congressman from San Antonio whose workplace was briefed on the loss of life.
The Texas Division of Emergency Administration, which runs Mr. Abbott’s busing program, confirmed the kid’s loss of life in an announcement and stated that each passenger on the bus had been processed by U.S. Customs and Border Safety and that, earlier than the migrants boarded the bus, their temperatures had been checked they usually had been requested in the event that they wanted medical help.
“Following this examine, previous to boarding, no passenger introduced with a fever or medical considerations,” the assertion stated, with out specifying when the loss of life had taken place. A spokesman didn’t reply to requests for extra data, together with the timing of the loss of life, the character of the sickness, the identify or intercourse of the kid or the nation of origin of the household.
The Illinois Division of Public Well being advised The Related Press that the loss of life had taken place on Thursday.
The loss of life gave the impression to be the primary attributed to Mr. Abbott’s program of busing migrants from Texas to cities like New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Roughly 30,000 migrants have been bused out of Texas because the program started in April 2022, together with greater than 4,600 to Chicago. Texas officers have stated that solely migrants who conform to the journey are positioned on buses.
A spokesman for Mr. Abbott didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The kid started displaying signs in Illinois and was taken to a hospital within the city of Salem, about 250 miles south of Chicago and 1,200 miles north of Brownsville, Mr. Castro stated. The kid’s dad and mom had hoped to get to Indiana, the place they’d kinfolk, he stated.
The kid died within the hospital, in keeping with the Texas emergency division.
“Each lack of life is a tragedy,” the division’s assertion stated. “As soon as the kid introduced with well being considerations, the bus pulled over, and safety personnel on board known as 9-1-1 for emergency consideration.”
The Illinois State Police have been investigating the loss of life, in keeping with a spokeswoman.
Mr. Castro, in a joint assertion with Consultant Jesús García of Illinois, known as on the federal authorities to intervene to cease the busing program.
“For months, Operation Lone Star has trafficked asylum-seekers throughout the nation in squalid situations,” the assertion stated. “The Biden administration has an obligation to cease them.”