Death of 2 children of migrants in detention prompt ‘thorough’ health checks at the border

nearvideo medical tests are ordered for children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody after a 2. Migrant-a child dies.

U.S. immigration authorities said Wednesday that they have done, new medical tests for almost every child, held by the Border Patrol, after the death of a second youngster in the Agency’s custody in less than three weeks time.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday afternoon, the appointed “extraordinary protective measures” after the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan child in immigration detention.

Cross-border authorities, not the results of the health checks.

But Nielsen said in a statement to Fox News that they had asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to investigate what she says is an “upward trend in the sick children crossing our borders.” You also want to check the U.S. coast guard, the medical programs offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Agency that fixed the 8-year-old and his father for a week.

Nielsen promised that all the children in the future, get a “accurate” medical investigation after they were taken.

The US government will cross the system for the detention of migrants on the border is tense, and the United States see a sharp increase in families with children.

Nielsen on Wednesday accused of “a system that prevents parents and their children on a dangerous, illegal journey from consequences for their actions.”

Your Department argues that it needs to migrate to imprison more people and to discourage other Central American families tried to.

“As a result of bad court decisions by activist judges and inaction by Congress, we will see a flood of families and unaccompanied alien children,” continued the Nielsen statement.

“As a result of bad court decisions by activist judges and inaction by Congress, we will see a flood of families and unaccompanied alien children,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday afternoon in a statement to Fox News. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

An 8-year-old boy identified by Guatemalan officials as Felipe Gomez Alonzo died in US custody at a New Mexico hospital on Christmas eve after suffering the authorities said a cough, vomiting and fever. The cause is under investigation, such as the death in the Dec. 8 of another Guatemalan child, 7 years old Jakelin Caal.

Alonzo was arrested by U.S. border authorities for a week and moved between facilities, said his father, officials. The last place the boy was found — after the first of two visits to the clinic on the day he died — was a highway checkpoint in New Mexico.

By its own rules, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to detain people for no more than 72 hours before this to other competent authorities for the long-term detention. CBP facilities are, in General, replacement in the accommodations. You provide food, water and blankets, but also the medical professionals, teachers, or other resources that offer a longer-term detention centers are required.

Caal was death for the first time instead of with her father on a small base in rural New Mexico that do not have running water, according to the Democrats, who visited her after the girl.

Democrats said the President of Trump management to prioritize a border wall — the financing was a focus of the current partial government shutdown — on investments in CBP checkpoints, the need for long attention.

CBP said it reviewed all the available options to alleviate overcrowding in the El Paso sector, where Alonzo and his father were arrested. The Agency also said that it has reached, to other authorities for the “surge medical assistance.”

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in the Agency’s defense, the CBP has more than 1,500 emergency medical technicians and officers are among the dozens of sick children in hospitals every day.

“This is an extremely rare event,” McAleenan told “CBS This Morning” in relation to the two deaths. “It’s been more than a decade since we had a child pass away everywhere in the CBP process, so this is devastating for us.”

It is not unusual for families in El Paso these days spend more than a week, the cells keep fact, just as Alonzo and his father, said Ruben Garcia, Director of the El Paso Annunciation house shelter.

These problems of the trump management displace. During 2014, an increase in the border, some families were said to be in the holding cells for up to 20 days before they are released, Garcia.

The Department of Homeland Security inspector general examined nine CBP holding facilities earlier this year. In a September report, the inspector General, said that the facilities complied with CBP standards and the people had access to food and water, toilets and wash basins, as well as hygiene-article — with “the exception of the inconsistent cleanliness in the rooms.”

Only three of the nine facilities had “trained medical personnel medical screening and provide basic medical care,” the report said. And showers were available for unaccompanied children, with only four facilities.

Alonzo and his father were taken, two of the facilities the inspector General investigated: first, the processing center at the Paso del Norte (port of entry), then the El Paso Border Patrol station.

However, shortly after 1 p.m., Sunday, the two transferred 90 miles to the Border Patrol station in Alamogordo, New Mexico. CBP said it is moving “, because the capacity” in El Paso. The next day, a border agent noticed the boy was coughing and had “glossy eyes,” and sent him to the hospital, the CBP said.

According to CBP statistics, border agents arrested 5,283 children unaccompanied by a parent alone in November. Agents in the last month, 25,172 “family”, or parents and children together perceived. Both figures are highs for this year.

Children who come without being accompanied by the parent to holdings of longer-term investments by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But HHS ” system is also tense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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