Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Relatives of the Guatemalan boy who died in CBP custody speak out

Relatives of the Guatemalan boy who died in CBP custody speak out

The secretary of homeland security is traveling to the Texas border town where an 8-year-old migrant from Guatemala was detained before dying in us custody the day before Christmas. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to call for a hearing on the treatment of children in border patrol custody, saying the Border Patrol facilities aren't equipped to care for them. He was diagnosed with a cold, released back into Customs and Border Patrol's custody and died a few hours later on Christmas Eve. They discharged the boy in the midafternoon with prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen.

The boy was returned to the hospital in the evening with nausea and vomiting and died there just hours later, CBP said.

New Mexico's Medical Investigator's office said in a statement that nasal and lung swabs during an autopsy found Gomez had influenza B, but said "determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation".

Before Jakelin's death, no child had died in CBP custody in more than a decade, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

Feinstein's letter followed an announcement Wednesday from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, that Congress would investigate the children's deaths.

Officials said the boy, who was in CBP custody, started showing signs of "a potential illness" on December 24.

She said: 'Lots of them have gone with children and managed to cross, even if they're held for a month or two. On Dec. 25, he called to say the boy had died in a hospital.

Similarly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan stressed the dangers posed by traveling long distances, on crowded transportation, or in the natural elements in a statement on December 14.

McAleenan said the agency was considering seeking medical support from other government agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Officials say 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died three weeks ago, was dehydrated and had similar symptoms.

Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas says the situation with the boy's illness isn't uncommon, noting all that these migrant children have been through.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died while in the custody of United States immigration officials at an ICE (Enforcement and Removal Operations) detention center in New Mexico.

Felipe "always wanted a bicycle" and their father saw the a way to help get their family out of poverty, Gomez Lucas said.

CBP said the cause of Felipe's death is not yet known.

An autopsy has revealed that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy had the flu when he died while in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in the southwestern US state of New Mexico.

Telemundo tracked down the girl's family to a poor village in Guatemala's northern Alta Verapaz region, where Jakelin's mother speaks the Mayan language Q'eqchi.

His Democratic opponents have seized on the deaths of the two Guatemalan children to attack his policies. He was hospitalised twice that day before dying, the agency said. The Guatemalan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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