U.S. says 2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody

Geraldine Edwards
December 26, 2018

In the previous instance, a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala had reportedly died of dehydration and shock after being taken into custody by the Border Patrol custody. They were taken to the El Paso Border Patrol station Thursday and moved to Alamogordo, N.M., at 1 a.m. Sunday "because of capacity levels at the El Paso station". On Dec. 20, they were transferred to the El Paso Border Patrol Station and provided with showers, food and water and were given 17 welfare checks through Dec. 22, the agency said.

He is the second Guatemalan child to die in CBP custody this month.

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, was harshly critical of the administration of President Donald Trump. Because there was no EMT present, agents made a decision to transport Felipe and his father to the same hospital in Alamogordo.

Felipe and his father were detained by CBP for about a week, an unusually long time that the agency did not fully explain Tuesday.

On December 24, at about 1245 hours, the child was given a diagnosis of common cold and given Tylenol. o On December 24, at about 1320 hours, the child was evaluated for release and found to have a 103 degree fever and was held for continued observation.

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The ministry said it will provide assistance and consular protection to the father and assume responsibility for the repatriation of the boy's remains.

After two days in the port of entry along the U.S. -Mexico border, Felipe and his father were transferred to a Border Patrol station in El Paso.

The hospital, the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, declined to comment, citing privacy regulations.

"This is why I asked Congress on Tuesday to change our laws so that the United States is not incentivizing families to take this risky path", McAleenan said.

Guatemalan officials said Tuesday that the father says the boy was healthy when they arrived and were arrested as part of a group of migrants just west of El Paso, Texas, in the early afternoon of December 18.

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Afterward, Alonzo and his father were brought back to an immigrant holding center where Alonzo's condition deteriorated.

CBP promised "an independent and thorough review of the circumstances".

Guatemala's Consul General in Phoenix, Oscar Padilla Lam, met with the boy's father in Almagordo to "hear his version of the facts", according to the statement. They were planning to go to Johnson City, Tennessee. Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father, Nery Caal, were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in the New Mexico desert on December 6, as part of a larger group of 163 illegal aliens.

Democratic members of the US Congress, along with immigration advocates, have sharply criticized CBP's handling of Jakelin's death and questioned whether border agents could have prevented it or called for an evacuation by air ambulance sooner. A CBP statement also indicated they are working with ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) to ease transportation and housing restrictions for youths, making it easier for them to get medical treatment. It was not immediately known if the watchdog would open an investigation into the boy's death.

"This is inexcusable", Torres Small said in a statement Tuesday.

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