Second Guatemalan migrant child detained near Mexico border dies in USA custody


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.

On Tuesday, Rep. Castro offered his condolences to the boy's family and called for a congressional investigation of the death.

With border crossings surging, CBP processes thousands of children - both alone and with their parents - every month. He died there early on Tuesday, CBP said, adding that the official cause of death was not known.

CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a statement that "this is a tragic loss".

The border patrol agency is also considering seeking "surge" medical assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, and potentially requesting more aid from the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Health and Human Services to assist the U.S. Border Patrol with supplemental medical capabilities, according to the statement.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and the Guatemalan government have been notified, CBP said.

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The boy was given amoxicillin and Ibuprofen for a cold and a fever and released by the hospital, but he returned later in the evening with worsening symptoms.

Felipe and his father were transferred to El Paso Border Patrol Station.

Radio traffic indicated that the agent had arrived at the medical center, where he was met by hospital staff.

According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the El Paso, Texas, on December 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station Sunday.

CBP released a timeline of the days before the boy's death.

Her death fueled criticism of President Donald Trump's immigration policies from Democrats and migrant advocates. Earlier this month, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal died of shock and dehydration during detention.

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The boy was released just before 3 p.m., about 90 minutes after he had been found to have a fever of 39.4 C, CBP said. Agents were aware of this and helped clean up the vomit. o His father declined further medical assistance as the child had been feeling better.

She was apparently well when agents arrested her and her father along with other migrants when they crossed the USA border into New Mexico on December 6.

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

Caal's 8 December death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants.

Oscar Padilla, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, said he was told by the boy's father in a telephone interview that the two had been travelling from their home in Nenton, a village about 450 kilometres from Guatemala City. CBP transported the 8-year-old and his father to a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 70, where agents gave them a hot meal and provided Felipe a dose of the prescribed medication. The White House did not immediately comment on the boy's death Tuesday.

Guatemala called on U.S. authorities to conduct a "clear" investigation of the death, adding that "medical reports have been clarify the cause of death of the child".

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