Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border metropolis the place an Eight-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained along with his father earlier than dying in authorities custody.
DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman stated earlier within the week that Nielsen was scheduled to tour a number of stations and substations, and was additionally scheduled to satisfy with emergency medical technicians and medical professionals, in addition to native officers.
Nielsen then was scheduled to go to Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday.
DHS didn’t instantly launch extra particulars on the journey or who Nielsen met, saying it was closed to the press.
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The journey got here 4 days after the loss of life of Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo. Felipe was the second Guatemalan baby to die in authorities custody in three weeks.
Nielsen has referred to as the loss of life “deeply regarding and heartbreaking” and requested medical assist from different authorities companies, together with the U.S. Coast Guard. As Nielsen made the journey to Texas, New Mexico’s Democratic senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, despatched her a letter Friday in search of solutions concerning the boy’s loss of life.
“The timeline, motion and components that led to Felipe’s loss of life are nonetheless creating, however the data that has develop into public up to now is alarming and calls for speedy consideration and investigation,” the letter says.
Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, had been apprehended by border brokers on Dec. 18 close to the Paso del Norte bridge connecting El Paso to Juarez, Mexico, in keeping with U.S. Customs and Border Safety. The 2 had been detained on the bridge’s processing heart after which the Border Patrol station in El Paso, till being taken at about 1 a.m. Sunday to a facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away.
After an agent observed Felipe coughing, father and son had been taken to an Alamogordo hospital, the place Felipe was recognized with a standard chilly and located to have a fever of 103 levels Fahrenheit (39.four levels Celsius), CBP has stated.
Felipe was held for statement for 90 minutes, in keeping with CBP, earlier than being launched with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen.
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However the boy fell sick hours in a while Monday and was re-admitted to the hospital. He died simply earlier than midnight.
New Mexico authorities stated late Thursday that an post-mortem reveals Felipe had the flu, however extra assessments should be accomplished earlier than a reason for loss of life might be decided.