The boy, identified by Guatemalan officials as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, was the second migrant child to die in CBP's custody this month. He was taken back to the hospital after his condition worsened, and died shortly thereafter.
At 9 a.m. local time on December 24, the father and child were transported to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, for "possible influenza symptoms", after an agent noticed the boy had a cough and "glossy eyes". As they make their way there, Felipe vomits again and loses consciousness.
On the morning of December 24, an agent noticed the boy "was coughing and appeared to have glossy eyes", the CBP said, and the father and son were transferred to a nearby hospital.
Officials said the death remained under investigation, with the CBP promising "an independent and thorough review of the circumstances". Both attempted to migrate to the United States with their families. "Finally, I am troubled to hear about the murders of two unaccompanied children in Tijuana, who were part of the caravan The CBP is not allowing unaccompanied children into the United States at the San Ysidro port-of-entry ..." It was not clear from the statement how and where those checks would be conducted. "Moving forward, all children will receive a more thorough hands-on assessment at the earliest possible time post-apprehension - whether or not the accompanying adult has asked for one".
Government officials did not comment on why exactly they think the father denied further treatment for his child, despite him exhibiting more severe symptoms.
An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA custody had the flu when he passed away, an autopsy revealed last night.
The Department of Homeland Security, which says that Felipe Gomez Alonzo and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died on December 8, were the first children to die in CBP custody in a decade, this week said it would step up medical checks of migrant children to try to prevent any more deaths. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said Wednesday that he was reiterating his calls for more help and resources from Congress.
On Tuesday, Guatemala called for an investigation into the boy's death and some USA lawmakers angrily denounced the Trump administration's immigration policy.Читайте также: Thailand moves to legalize medical marijuana and another drug
The two recent child deaths were an "extraordinarily rare occurrence", McAleenan told CBS.
But in Felipe's case, the agency hasn't fully addressed why the boy and his father were held in detention for about a week after being apprehended at the border.
Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 7, is seen near Laguna Brava in Yalambojoch, Guatemala in this undated photo.
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.
In response to the two migrant children's deaths, Homeland Security Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen was planning to visit the U.S. -Mexico border region Friday and Saturday, Politico reported, citing a department spokesperson Katie Waldman.
She also requested that the U.S. Coast Guard medical corps assess CBP's medical programs to find areas of improvement, and she asked the Department of Defense for more medical professionals. The father's attorneys said Jakelin "had not suffered from a lack of water or food prior to approaching the border".
The ministry said it will provide assistance and consular protection to the father and assume responsibility for the repatriation of the boy's remains.
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