Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen defended the US Border Patrol services and indirectly blamed the parents of an 8-year-old Guatemalan child after world media jumped on the fact that two children who tried to cross the border have sadly passed in the span of a week’s time.
Ms Nielsen’s statement read that “in the evening hours of December 24th, a child who had been apprehended with his father by the Border Patrol attempting to illegally enter the United States, died at an El Paso hospital after being taken for emergency treatment for the second time in less than 12 hours. This tragedy, the death of a child in government custody is deeply concerning and heartbreaking.”
Secretary Nielsen furthermore announced that immigrant children will as from now receive detailed medical checkups before being allowed into border patrol facilities.
“All children will receive extensive medical screening and the subsequent medical tests will be done more extensively, whether an adult asks for it or not,” declared Ms Nielsen. In this way, comparable deaths in detention centers for migrants would hopefully be prevented in the future.
US Customs and Border Protection Director Mr Kevin McAleenan added that he believes the facilities where migrants are being accommodated are in need of renewal. “Our centers are not built for the group that is coming in,” he said in an interview. “We need a different approach.” McAleenan, who calls the boy's death "terrible," wants Congress’ assistance to provide medical and mental health services in detention centers for migrants.
The current CBP facilities were built decades ago for adults and not for families with children who have crossed the border, according to McAleenan. The buildings are currently overcrowded. People sleep on mats in rows on the floor and only get a thin blanket. The American Academy of Pediatrics wrote earlier this month in a recommendation that children “should not be exposed to these facilities.”
The 8-year-old boy from Guatemala was brought to the hospital in New Mexico on Christmas Eve after CBP employees saw him cough. Although he had a high fever, he was discharged from the hospital and returned to the detention center with a prescription for antibiotics and ibuprofen.
When he became severely ill a few hours later, he was taken back to the hospital because no nurse was present in the detention center. The boy died shortly afterwards in the hospital. What disease he suffered from is not yet known.
The Guatemalan boy is the second child to die US border facilities this month. Earlier, a 7-year-old girl, also from Guatemala, died in Texas. According to the authorities in the US, the girl was dehydrated, but her father contradicts this statement. According to him, she had enough food and water.
A nurse who worked as a volunteer in a home where immigrant families are taken care of after they leave the detention centers at the border, declared to The New York Times that she has heard many immigrants complaint about the cold. According to her, children often arrive weakened in the US. By the time they leave the detention center, many children had a cold, the flu or a respiratory infection.
Despite the zero tolerance policy of President Donald Trump, the number of people trying to apply for asylum in the US has risen sharply over the past year.
Follow me on Twitter!
Follow me on Gab!
Be Sure To Share Our Articles!
The Goldwater Proudly Supports 8ch.net