Bereaved Guatemalan mother hoped son would help family's U.S. entry


An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody had the flu when he passed away, an autopsy revealed last night.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is visiting the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody.

8 at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being detained with her father near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.

An autopsy performed on the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA custody early Christmas Day shows he had influenza, New Mexico authorities said Thursday.

The youngster passed away at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Christmas Eve after falling ill.

She related how her son and his father, Agustin, an agricultural worker, had left in early December to find work in the United States to pay off debts.

CBP typically detains immigrants for no more than a few days when they cross the border before either releasing them or turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for longer-term detention.

The child, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died late Monday after being held at a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) checkpoint for almost two days.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator says in a statement last night that more tests need to be done before a cause of death can be determined.

Border Patrol officials took Felipe to the hospital.

After experiencing nausea and vomiting, the child was taken back to the hospital, where he soon died, according to CBP.

The boy got to the medical center at 11pm and was declared dead 48 minutes later.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen skirted responsibility for the death of another migrant child in her agency's custody by piling blame on those who advocate for "open borders" (Democrats) and the parents and caretakers who bring their children on the "long and risky journey" to the US border. If Democrats really want to know what led to these deaths, at least part of the investigation should be focused on the perverse incentives created by our current system.

The father of the 8-year-old boy said he took his son to the border after hearing rumours that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to United States. Only 1.4 percent of migrant family members from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the border illegally in 2017 have been deported to their home countries, according to DHS officials.

They were given hot food, snacks, juice and water, and two days later, were transferred to the El Paso Border Patrol Station, the CBP said.

About 7 p.m., while they were being held at a highway checkpoint on Route 70, Felipe vomited, officials said. "But they always manage to get across easily", she told Reuters.

The agency "is considering options for surge medical assistance" from the Coast Guard and may request help from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Trump said in the televised meeting that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the border wall.

Felipe González Morales of Chile, who was appointed special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in June 2017 by the UN Human Rights Council, said American authorities "must ensure that an in-depth, independent investigation" of the girl's death takes place.

"While this result indicates that the child had influenza, determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation", the statement said.