Rep. Torres Small Statement on Third Migrant Death at Lordsburg Border Patrol Station

August 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) released the following statement after U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that a 32-year-old man passed away from medical distress at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station:

“I am beyond saddened by another tragic death. Anyone in our government’s care should be treated safely and humanely. Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that Border Patrol agents have the resources they need to safely perform their jobs and that detention center and migrant care standards are improved. We need a thorough, transparent, and expeditious investigation into this individual’s death.  One that provides answers and actionable steps that can be taken to prevent this from happening again. Twice this year I have inquired with two different Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security asking for the status of the investigations into Jakelin Caal Maquin and Felipe Gomez Alonzo’s deaths. I cited specifically that the findings of a complete investigation would help to prevent this from happening again. I’ve received hollow responses.  It has now been eight months since the first two tragic deaths, and we are still empty-handed. This is inexcusable. It’s long past time to work together to address these challenges and avoid future deaths.”