Guatemalan child dies in US custody

Guatemalan child dies in US custody

An eight-year-old boy, a migrant from Guatemala, died in US government custody on Tuesday. It is the second child that has died in a US detention camp, at the United States and Mexico border, after Jakelin Caal, who died earlier this month.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report the boy died in Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center shortly after midnight on Tuesday. He was said to be suffering from common cold and fever when his father got him to the hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Monday morning. Post diagnosis the boy was released with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen. By the evening the boy began vomiting and was taken back to the hospital by his father where he died hours later. As per the official reports the cause of the death is not known. CBP notified Guatemalan government of the death. Mexico has called for a thorough investigation of the case.

Texan congressman Joaquin Castro, demanding an official probe into the boy’s death, said, “We must ensure that we treat migrants and asylum-seekers with human dignity and provide the necessary medical care to anyone in the custody of the United States government. The administration’s policy of turning people away from legal ports of entry, otherwise known as metering, is putting families and children in great danger.”

This is the second fatality in a row at the US illegal immigrant detention camp. The previous instance saw the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal, on 8 December. As per the official records, Jakelin was travelling with her father from a remote village in Guatemala, and died less than two days after being arrested at the US-Mexico border. The body of the girl was returned to her family on Christmas eve, on Monday.

As per the figures revealed by CBP, there has been increase in the number of migrants apprehended at the southwest US border. The caravans of migrants include many young children along with their parents or legal guardians.  Report also disclosed different types of assault by the US border agents against the migrants including tear gas and stone pelting. Critics have accused the Trump administration of the inhuman treatment of migrants