DHS: Children in Border Patrol custody to be examined more thoroughly

DHS: Children in Border Patrol custody to be examined more thoroughly

DHS: Children in Border Patrol custody to be examined more thoroughly

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who jumped the Mexican border with his father and was caught by the Border Patrol died while in federal custody early Tuesday, Homeland Security officials said. But that is only after migrant children and parents have been released from Border Patrol custody, as many as five or six days after they've crossed the border. When the boy was evaluated for release, hospital staff found a fever and he was held for an additional 90 minutes before being released on Monday afternoon, CBP said. He was prescribed amoxicillin and ibuprofen, and taken with his father to a holding facility at a highway checkpoint. After the boy began to vomit and had a fever, he was taken back to the hospital in the evening, where he died just before midnight on December 24.

New Mexico authorities said late Thursday that an autopsy shows Felipe had the flu, but more tests need to be done before a cause of death can be determined.

CBP said in the statement that it needs the help of other government agencies to provide health care.

Felipe was the second Guatemalan child to die in USA border patrol custody this month.

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died on Christmas Day while in US Border Control custody.

The girl and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, had been traveling with a group of 163 migrants who were arrested on December 6 near a border crossing in New Mexico. "On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family".

The 8-year-old and his father entered the US via El Paso, Texas, on December 18.

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"The Congress will also investigate this tragedy and the heartbreaking death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, to seek justice and ensure that no other child is left to such a fate".

The United States has neither the detention space nor the legal authority to hold children long enough to process their parents' claims, so families are typically released from custody to await court hearings that could be months, even years, into the future...

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said the Trump administration's "policies of cruelty toward migrants and asylum-seekers at the border must cease immediately before any more children are harmed".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she's ordered "extraordinary protective measures" after the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan child in immigration custody.

The father of the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US government custody says his son had shown no signs of illness before falling sick Monday, the same day he died. Her remains were returned to Guatemala and buried on Christmas Day.

A spokeswoman for the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center said in a statement that privacy regulations prevented the hospital from sharing information about an individual patient and could not comment on the case.

González Morales has twice requested an invitation from the USA government for an official visit but said he has not received a reply.

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