19-year-old Miriam Estefany Giron Luna was 30 weeks pregnant and trying to enter the United States illegally with her “partner” Dilver Israel Diaz Garcia.
The details of Girón Luna’s life are sparse, but according to social media posts from friends, she was a social worker and beauty pageant winner in her hometown of Quetzaltenango. She and her partner made the more than 3,000-mile journey to the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of finding work to financially support her family. Their journey ended tragically when Girón Luna attempted to scale an 18-foot portion of the border wall and fell onto her back. Diaz Garcia carried Girón Luna until he found Border Patrol agents, who called for an ambulance.
In a statement from CBP to Prism, the agency said Girón Luna “was in pain” when Border Patrol agents encountered her, “but [she] was answering questions about her condition.” According to the federal immigration agency, both Diaz Garcia and the mortally injured Girón Luna were considered under arrest and in CBP custody when they were found and when Girón Luna died Mar. 10 in a Texas hospital. Local news outlets report that the 19-year-old suffered a brain bleed, lacerations to the liver and kidneys, and a broken pelvis. CBP told Prism that upon Girón Luna’s arrival at the hospital, doctors performed an emergency C-section, followed by surgery for fractured pelvis and internal bleeding. CBP said Girón Luna was medicated, underwent a CT scan, blood transfusions, “another surgery [and] dialysis,” which stabilized her until her death. Medical staff were also unable to save Girón Luna’s baby.
United States Customs and Border Protection released this statement, vowing to find those who encouraged her to engage in this risky behavior:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report a 19-year-old, 8 -month pregnant woman from Guatemala was pronounced deceased Tuesday afternoon in an El Paso, Texas hospital. Our condolences are with her family.
On Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. MDT, a 19-year-old Guatemalan national was encountered by El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents, east of El Paso in Clint, Texas. A male companion with the woman indicated she fell from the steel mesh border barrier, landing on her back. Agents immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services, which transported her to a local hospital where she underwent emergency medical intervention including an emergency C-section. Despite the best efforts of medical personnel, her unborn child did not survive. After multiple surgeries to address her injuries, she was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at 2:39 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, March 10.
“Despite the best efforts of our Border Patrol agents and medical professionals, sadly more lives have perished at the hands of human smugglers,” said El Paso Sector Chief Gloria Chavez. “Someone in Mexico guided this 8 month pregnant woman from Guatemala to this section of the border and encouraged her and helped her climb the steel mesh border barrier. We will engage our law enforcement partners in Mexico to find those responsible for placing these lives in danger.”
The care of those in CBP’s custody is paramount. Consistent with policy, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility has initiated a review. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General and the Government of Guatemala have been notified.
Of course the crazed leftists try to blame Trump, as the Daily Koz article continues:
U.S. immigration policies have only become more deadly under the Trump administration, which has further militarized the border, created a years-long backlog in immigration courts, given Border Patrol agents unbelievable discretion over migrants’ lives, and implemented policies like Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), which essentially makes migrants sitting ducks in Mexico, subjecting them to kidnapping, sexual assault, extortion, and sometimes death. For all of the federal immigration agency’s hand wringing over smugglers, immigration attorneys who work at the U.S.-Mexico border have said Trump is “the best thing that could have happened to organized crime.”
In Brownsville, Texas, the Trump administration has set up “tent courts,” the sole purpose of which seems to be funneling people into Mexico indefinitely as part of MPP. There, just a few days after Girón Luna died, Dr. Michele Heisler, the medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and a professor of internal medicine and of public health at the University of Michigan, and her PHR colleague, attorney Joanna Naples-Mitchell, spent several days observing court proceedings where they saw migrants cry and sometimes beg not to be returned to Mexico. Heisler told Prism that the Trump administration put Girón Luna and other migrants like her in an “untenable situation.”
“People know there is nothing they can do to navigate this situation, so they take dangerous routes or make risky decisions” Heisler said. “People will continue to fall. I fear people will continue to die. The United States has created this system of torture. If you know your only chance at making it is to scale something designed to kill you, what do you call that? The U.S. has created a system where this is the case; it’s created public infrastructure designed to make people fall, to gravely injure them, or to kill them.”
According to the far left, it’s not at all the fault of the pregnant teen who thought this would be a good idea, or the people who enabled her. The Al Jazeera write up spends more time trashing Trump than talking about the now-deceased teen:
Tekandi Paniagua, a Guatemalan consular official based in the state of Texas, told the Washington Post that new restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump have been causing asylum seekers to take more risks and that since October, at least five other Guatemalans have suffered broken bones and other serious injuries after falling from the border wall.
“This is a very worrisome trend,” he told the Washington Post. “People are taking more and more risks, and they’re losing their lives.”
Trump, who has made a crackdown on immigration a central focus of his presidency and his re-election campaign, has put in place measures that have made it increasingly more difficult for migrants to apply for asylum in the US. At least 60,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico to wait while their cases are processed in the US under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” programme.