Feinstein requests hearing after 2 migrant children die in custody

Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

Nielsen said that in the last fiscal year there were six migrant deaths in custody, but no child had died in Border Patrol custody for more than a decade.

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody this week had trekked to the border with his father from a rural northwestern village, Guatemala's government said on Wednesday, following thousands of others who have made the area a hot spot of migration.

What used to be an "extraordinarily rare occurrence" has already happened twice this month - the death of a child in the custody of USA border officials.

DHS officials said they have asked for medical help from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.

The eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in the custody of United States immigration officials has been pictured for the first time. Holding conditions for illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the border into the United States have been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks, dating back to the death of a 7-year-old girl who died in US custody after the 2,000 mile journey from Central America. Thirty minutes later, the Guatemalan boy was transferred to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, alongside his father. Doctors eventually discharged him with prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen. That evening, Felipe started vomiting, and his father declined medical help because his son had been feeling better, CBP said.

The cause of death is not known.

That's about 3,000 kilometres from El Paso, Texas, where the pair were apprehended, according to Google Maps.

The boy and his father entered the United States via El Paso, Texas, on December 18 and were transferred to a border patrol station in Alamogordo on December 23.

CBP promised an "independent and thorough review".

Feinstein, in her letter, said the boy, prior to his death, had been "detained for well over the permitted 72-hour period". He says the agency is seeing more children than ever in its custody.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that all children in Border Patrol custody had received medical screenings and she had "directed a series of additional actions to care for those who enter our custody". When asked about DHS Secretary Nielsen's handling of the Guatemalan child's death this official replied, "What else can she do?"

Balloons hung over the coffin that contained the remains of the little girl during a memorial service in her grandparent's home on Monday.

"On behalf of US Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family", McAleenan said. Jakelin and her father, Nery Caal, crossed into the United States as part of one of the caravans of Central American migrants.

At the US southwestern border with Mexico, there are areas where no medical workers are available.

It is not clear how Jakelin became ill.

She died after being detained along with her father by US border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

She became sick on the bus ride to a border patrol station and arrived with a 41-degree Celsius fever.

In the boy's case, "he was transported to a local medical facility, then he was released and then he died" Correa said. Her brain was swollen and her liver had failed.

"This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence", McAleenan told CBS of the recent child deaths.

"The Trump administration is deliberately and unlawfully turning asylum-seekers away from points of entry and delaying the processing of individuals seeking protection to an unbearable crawl, forcing families to take desperate measures to seek safety", the human rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday.

CBP officers and the Border Patrol remain on the job despite the partial government shutdown over US President Donald Trump's demand for funding for a border wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to give an official cause of death for the boy, prompting Democratic lawmakers to intensify calls for an investigation. She said that was a 20 percent increase in rescues from the year before.

CBP typically holds children for no more than a few days.

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