The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died this week in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection had the flu, a New Mexico medical examiner said. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to call for a hearing on the treatment of children in border patrol custody, saying the Border Patrol facilities aren't equipped to care for them.
The father and son were then taken to a medical centre in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the child was initially diagnosed with a common cold, according to the statement. He was discharged at midday, with prescriptions for ibuprofen and the antibiotic amoxicillin.
After experiencing nausea and vomiting, the child was taken back to the hospital, where he soon died, according to CBP.
The congressman said promises of more medical personnel do not sufficiently address the systematic and management problems within CBP that allowed for the deaths of Jackelin and Felipe.
A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents. The cause of death was under investigation.
An US border patrol agent observes near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico.
"Many questions remain unanswered, including how many children have died in CBP custody". In such places, migrant children are to be sent to medical centers or emergency medical crews for examination. The Guatemalan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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The trip came four days after the death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo.
Nielsen said the death of migrant children in USA custody is rare, noting that in the fiscal year ending September 30, six migrants died under the CBP's auspices, none of whom were children.
Felipe González Morales, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said Monday that American authorities "must ensure that an in-depth, independent investigation" is conducted. He says the agency is seeing more children than ever in its custody.
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died on Christmas Day while in US Border Control custody.
Tensions on the border are on the rise as Mexican authorities have said that more than 8,200 asylum-seeking migrants from Central America have reached Mexico, with around 7,400 of the migrants staying near the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, just south of California, while attempting to access USA territory.
"It's been more than a decade that we've had a child pass away anywhere in a CBP process, so this is just devastating for us", McAleenan told CBS This Morning in response to the two deaths.
Gomez and his father were detained on December 18 in El Paso, Texas, for illegally entering the country, but several days later they were moved to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station in New Mexico.
But the Trump administration said Caal's death showed the danger of her journey and the family's decision to cross the border illegally.