Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein penned a letter on Thursday urging the chamber’s Judiciary committee to schedule a listening to about Customs and Border Safety (CBP) and its “remedy of immigrant kids.”
The letter was addressed to incoming Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and stated the request got here “in mild of the deaths of two younger kids in Border Patrol custody this month.”
An Eight-year-old boy from Guatemala, who was recognized by the nation’s consul in Phoenix as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died on Tuesday whereas in U.S. custody, immigrations officers beforehand stated.
Customs and Border Safety revealed that the boy died at a medical heart in New Mexico. He was taken for care and located to have a “frequent chilly” after an agent on Monday “seen that the kid confirmed indicators of potential sickness,” immigrations officers stated.
GUATEMALAN BOY, Eight, DIES IN US BORDER PATROL CUSTODY
Earlier than he left the hospital, workers found a fever. He was discharged within the mid-afternoon with prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen.
Later that day, nonetheless, the kid “exhibited nausea and vomiting and was transferred again” to the ability for analysis and remedy, CBP stated. He died round midnight.
His explanation for loss of life shouldn’t be but identified and an investigation has been opened, officers stated.
Feinstein, in her letter, stated the boy, previous to his loss of life, had been “detained for properly over the permitted 72-hour interval.”
The Eight-year-old and his father entered the U.S. by way of El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 18, in keeping with Guatemala’s overseas ministry. They had been then taken to the Border Patrol’s Alamogordo station on Sunday.
BODY OF GUATEMALAN GIRL WHO DIED AT US BORDER RETURNED TO HOME COUNTRY
Feinstein additionally referenced the loss of life of Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old lady from Guatemala who died whereas in U.S. Border Patrol custody earlier this month.
“These heartbreaking incidents are sadly in line with earlier studies of widespread abuse of youngsters in immigration custody and the judgement of medical and psychological well being organizations that Border Patrol services should not adequately staffed or geared up to correctly care for kids,” Feinstein wrote.
She added that the committee, on which she is a rating member, “is uniquely located to look at these points” and hoped the matter could possibly be addressed via a listening to in 2019.
Fox Information’ Chad Pergram and Greg Norman contributed to this report.