Sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill back in may.
Democratic sen Dianne Feinstein wrote a letter on Thursday at the urging of the chamber of the legislative Committee is planning a hearing on Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its “treatment of the children of immigrants.”
The letter was addressed to the incoming Chairman of the legal Affairs Committee, Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said the request came “in the light of the death of two small children in Border Patrol custody in this month.”
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala, who was not identified, said by the country’s Consul, died in Phoenix, as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, on Tuesday while in U.S. custody, Immigration officials previously.
Customs and Border Protection revealed that the boy died in a medical center in New Mexico. He was to care for and found to be a “cold” after an agent on Monday, “noted that the child showed signs of a possible disease,” Immigration officials said.
GUATEMALA BOY, 8, DIES IN US BORDER PATROL CUSTODY
Before he left the hospital, staff with fever. He was released in the middle of the afternoon with prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen.
Later that day, but the child “issued by nausea and vomiting, and transmitted back” to the facility for examination and treatment, CBP said. He died at midnight.
His cause of death is not yet known, and an investigation was opened, officials said.
Feinstein, in her letter, said the boy, before his death, was “in custody, as well as the allowable 72-hour period.”
The 8-year-old and his father entered the United States through El Paso, Texas, Dec. 18, according to the Guatemala Ministry of foreign Affairs. They were then to the border Patrol’s Alamogordo station on Sunday.
THE BODY OF A GUATEMALAN GIRL WHO DIED IN U.S. BORDER TO BE RETURNED TO HOME COUNTRY
Feinstein on the death of Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody earlier this month.
“These heart-rending incidents are, unfortunately, consistent with previous reports of widespread abuse of children in immigration detention, and the judgment of the medical and mental health organizations, the Border Patrol facilities are not sufficiently staffed or equipped to provide proper care for children,” wrote Feinstein.
She added that the Committee, on which she is a high-ranking member, “is uniquely situated to consider these issues” and was hoping the could matter be addressed through a hearing in 2019.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Greg Norman contributed to this report.