Guatemalan Boy Who Died in US Custody Had Flu

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"These heartbreaking incidents are sadly consistent with previous reports of widespread abuse of children in immigration custody and the judgement of medical and mental health organizations that Border Patrol facilities are not adequately staffed or equipped to properly care for children", Feinstein wrote.

Agustin Gomez Perez was 47 and in debt, and the path to America would only deepen his obligations. But like others in the rural farming village of Yalambojoch, he decided that traveling with a child was the only way out.

The father of the 8-year-old migrant who died on December 25 took the boy with him on the risky trek from Guatemala to the United States because he heard a rumor that it would help him enter the country. Felipe was eager to go, the boy's stepsister said in a telephone interview Thursday, excited to attend school, find a new home and buy clothes for his siblings. He sold a piece of land to survive, but the money was not enough, so he made a decision to take out a loan and travel to the United States.

The boy's mother, 31-year-old Catarina Alonzo Perez, said she spoke with her son the day before they arrived at the USA border.

CBP said it moved them to Alamogordo at about 1 a.m. Sunday "because of capacity levels at the El Paso station". "They need medical attention; they need us looking out for them".

The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, had been in CBP's custody with his father, Agustin Gomez, since December 18.

In a statement on Wednesday, National Nurses United (NNU) pinned the deaths of the two young children on Trump's treatment of asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution as "criminals".

So Agustin Gomez grabbed his son Felipe and set out, despite the numerous dangers in such a journey for anyone, much less a child.

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.

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The agency also wouldn't say why Felipe and his father were detained for nearly a week, an unusually long time, or why they were placed back in detention - at a Border Patrol highway checkpoint - after being released from the hospital.

Felipe's death has prompted at least one internal investigation with calls for additional investigations. "It would also allow me to present my recommendations to the USA government to fulfill its worldwide commitments to respect and protect the human rights of all migrants".

"Why are they jailing children under ten?" asked Scott Hechinger, senior staff attorney and director of policy at Brooklyn Defender Services.

Next to her hut, labourers worked on a two-story concrete house with a twin-gabled, tiled roof - evidence of the money coming back from the United States, the mayor said. He believed he'd pay it off easily after working in the United States. They also said they informed the Guatemalan government and members of the U.S. Congress.

Later that night, the agency said the child appeared to be lethargic and nauseous again.

Instead, the boy fell ill and died. Doctors said he was sick with a cold and a high body temperature.

"We need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities and I'm committed to improving our conditions, even as we work on the broader problems-border security, and of course solving the issues in our legal framework that are inviting these families and children to make this unsafe journey", he added.

"We just left a shelter where there are a number of little children", O'Rourke said. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said Wednesday that he was reiterating his calls for more help and resources from Congress.

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