Sen. Feinstein: Border Custody Deaths Illustrate 'Widespread Abuse of Children'

29 December, 2018, 09:30 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday called the death of a child in government custody "deeply concerning and heartbreaking", and reiterated her call for "parents to not place their children at risk by taking a risky journey north".

The boy showed "signs of potential illness" on Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the agency said.

The boy was found to have a fever and cold and was released with a prescription for an antibiotic and Ibuprofen.

He was released on Monday afternoon but returned to the same hospital in the evening with nausea and vomiting.

The agency said the cause of death had not been determined, and that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector-general and the Guatemalan government had been notified.

Jakelin and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, were taken into custody on December 6 after crossing the USA border into New Mexico. In a statement Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan called the death a "tragic loss". Waldman says Nielsen will tour multiple stations and substations operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the US southwestern border with Mexico, there are areas where no medical workers are available.

Apparently the most recent child to die did receive an initial medical screening.

Third, CBP is considering options for medical assistance with other governmental partners, the agency said.

Government officials did not comment on why exactly they think the father denied further treatment for his child, despite him exhibiting more severe symptoms.


What used to be an "extraordinarily rare occurrence" has already happened twice this month - the death of a child in the custody of United States border officials.

"Conducting an official visit to the country would allow me to get first-hand, direct information about the situation of migrant children, especially on those who are being held in detention", he said.

"It's been more than a decade that we've had a child pass away anywhere in a CBP process, so this is just devastating for us", McAleenan told CBS This Morning in response to the two deaths.

The trip came four days after the death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo.

The situation at the border is a humanitarian crisis, and America is on the side of exacerbating the crisis, instead of ameliorating it.

According to local newspaper Pensa Libre, the father and son were detained on December 18 after crossing the US border in El Paso, Texas.

The father and son were not identified, and the agency said it will release more details "as available and appropriate".

Earlier in December, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, died after being detained along with her father by United States border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

"The Trump administration must be held accountable for this child's death and all the lives they have put in danger with their intentional chaos and disregard for human life", Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico tweeted.

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