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Migrant father declined treatment for son who later died in CBP custody

28 December 2018, 07:17 | Silvia Roy

Migrant father declined treatment for son who later died in CBP custody

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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.

An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA 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. We need help from Congress.

Here's what we know so far about Felipe's death and the reaction.

"On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family", McAleenan added.

Jakelin and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, were taken into custody on December 6 after crossing the US border into New Mexico. But the country is seeing a sharp rise in families with children.

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday said all children in Border Patrol custody had received medical screenings and that she had directed additional actions to care for those who enter US custody.

US House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Wednesday for the DHS internal watchdog, the Inspector General's office, to investigate Gomez's death.

Authorities did not disclose the results of the examinations. "It is now clear that migrants, particularly children, are increasingly facing medical challenges and harboring illness caused by their long and unsafe journey".

Felipe "always wanted a bicycle", Lucas said, and the family thought he would be better off in the United States.

At 9 a.m. local time on December 24, the father and child were transported to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, for "possible influenza symptoms", after an agent noticed the boy had a cough and "glossy eyes".

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Oscar Padilla, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, confirmed that the father is still detained by the Border Patrol. He died hours later, the CBP said.

Youngsters who arrive unaccompanied are turned over to longer-term facilities operated by the HHS.

"Why are they jailing children under ten?" asked Scott Hechinger, senior staff attorney and director of policy at Brooklyn Defender Services. "There's so much money that the wall sucks up that it's hard to address some of the other issues". The agency also said it has reached out to other government agencies for "surge medical assistance".

The children's deaths prompted Sen. "It's been more than a decade since we've had a child pass away anywhere in a CBP process, so this is just devastating for us". CBP had reported that Jakelin didn't eat or consume water for several days on the trip northward. The child, along with his father, was then taken to a holding facility at a highway checkpoint.

Honduran children play with new toys at an empty warehouse used as a shelter that opened its doors to migrants in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.

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"Access to justice for her relatives should be granted, including but not limited to having legal representation in the proceedings in a language they understand well", he said Monday. The next day, a border agent noticed Felipe was coughing and had "glossy eyes", and sent him to the hospital, the CBP said. Both figures are highs for this year.

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