The US Government IS responsible for people it detains….
The second child death is pointing to a serious issue for the Border Patrol….
US Customs and Border Protection will perform medical checks on all children in its custody following the death of a second child from Guatemala in an immigration detention center this month.
CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan announced the agency was “conducting secondary medical checks upon all children in CBP care and custody” and “reviewing its policies with particular focus upon care and custody of children under 10,” a day after the death of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.
“This is a tragic loss. On behalf of US Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family,” he added.
McAleenan said the agency was considering seeking medical support from other government agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“CBP is coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control on the numbers of children in custody as well,” he said….
House Democratic leaders on Wednesday vowed to investigate the deaths of two migrant children in U.S. custody.
“The death of two children in U.S. custody is unconscionable,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Tuesday announced that an 8-year old Guatemalan boy had died in the agency’s custody. The boy, Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died after being hospitalized in New Mexico with flu-like symptoms, high fever and vomiting.
He had been detained with his father after crossing into the country illegally.
“It is incumbent upon Congress to ask serious questions about what happened and who bears responsibility,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a statement….
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said Wednesday that he will push for the House to hold hearings on the conditions at migrant camps following the deaths of two children in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody over the last month.
“The conditions there really are subhuman,” Castro, who is line to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said during a call on Wednesday, according to the El Paso Times.
“It’s like watching an episode of ‘Locked Up Abroad’ on the National Geographic Channel,” Castro continued, referencing the show about people who are arrested and jailed in foreign countries.
“You have people who are strewn on the floor covered in Mylar blankets, which look like foil. They are body-to-body and literally step all over each other,” he added.
Castro toured detention centers along the border with other members of Congress earlier this month, the Times noted…..