Live

Watch CBSN Live

Asylum seeker dies trying to re-enter U.S. after she was sent to Mexico

A 20-year old Guatemalan woman seeking asylum and sent to Mexico under a controversial Trump administration policy died early Tuesday morning after attempting to re-enter the U.S. in El Paso, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told CBS News. 

The woman, Vilma Mendoza, had initially entered the U.S. on July 4 and had been awaiting her asylum hearing in Mexico under the Migrant Protections Protocol program, according to a Guatemalan consulate official. She attempted to re-enter the U.S. on July 29 through an irrigation canal where she drowned. Her asylum court hearing was scheduled for August 18th. 

A CBP spokesperson said Border Patrol agents were told about Mendoza by an Ecuadorian man they had apprehended. "The man informed agents that he had entered the canal with a woman, who did not make it across," the spokesperson said.  "A rescue team from the El Paso Fire Department performed CPR and transported the woman, later identified as a 20-year-old from Guatemala, to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased shortly after midnight." 

On June 24, a man from El Salvador and his two-year-old daughter drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into Irving, Texas. A photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter lying face down in the river shocked the country. 

A 32-year-old man, Marvin Antonio González, died Thursday morning at a CBP facility in Lordsburg, New Mexico,

As of July 13th, 19,911 migrants have been sent back to Mexico under the MPP program. 

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue