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A 2019 statement Joe Biden made while running for president is coming back to bite him after his administration confirmed the death of a 17-year-old Honduran unaccompanied minor in its custody.
In May 2019, shortly after announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Biden tweeted, “Over the last year, six children have tragically died in US custody at the border. It’s unacceptable. It’s not who we are. And silence is complicity.”
“It’s on all of us to stand up and speak out. America is a nation of immigrants. We must guarantee everyone’s treated with dignity,” he added.
The statement was obviously a dig at then-President Donald Trump, suggesting the Republican’s administration was treating migrants inhumanely.
However, on Friday, Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the death of Honduran teenager Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, who was in the agency’s care at a shelter in Safety Harbor, Florida.
HHS “is deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our heart goes out to the family, with whom we are in touch,” a statement read.
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