Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

UN Official Wants Assessment Access After Border Patrol Child Deaths

UN Official Wants Assessment Access After Border Patrol Child Deaths

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday said all children in Border Patrol custody had received medical screenings and that she had directed a series of additional actions to care for those in us custody. She was apparently well when agents detained her and her father, but became ill on a bus ride to a border patrol station where she arrived with a fever. He was initially diagnosed with a common cold following a medical evaluation. He was discharged at midday, with prescriptions for ibuprofen and the antibiotic amoxicillin. They took him back to the hospital, but Alonzo lost consciousness during the trip and died late Monday night.

In a secondary statement about the boy's death, CBP announced updated procedures for the children in its care.

Marta Larra, a spokeswoman from the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, said the government expected to receive the official results of the autopsy in roughly a month, and that Gomez's body would probably be returned to the country in about 2 weeks.

A congressional delegation will visit the Customs and Border Protection (CPB) station in New Mexico on Tuesday where a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl was taken before she died in a hospital, a congressional aide says. The cause of death was under investigation. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the agency needs "a different approach" after another young migrant child died in US custody on Christmas Eve.

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DHS wouldn't say exactly how many children are in Border Patrol custody. "We need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities", he told CBS News. USA officials said his father declined medical assistance because the child had been feeling better.

Jakelin Caal, a seven-year-old girl, was buried on Christmas Day in her hometown of Raxruhá, after she fell ill in USA custody and died on 8 December.

Nielsen said in a statement Wednesday that she had asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate what she says is an "uptick in sick children crossing our borders".

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Defense " Children in the custody of the Trump administration are dying, and the best the secretary of Homeland Security can do is blame those who seek open borders" and "parents".

The boy and his father entered the United States via El Paso, Texas, on December 18 and were transferred to a border patrol station in Alamogordo on December 23.

But shortly after being detained by US border agents, she developed a high fever and died of shock from sepsis on December 8.

She noted that before the two recent migrant children deaths, there had been no migrant children passing away in Border Patrol custody in more than a decade.

Agency guidelines say immigrants generally shouldn't be detained for more than 72 hours in CBP holding facilities, which are usually smaller and have fewer services than ICE detention centers.

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