UN Official Wants Assessment Access After Border Patrol Child Deaths

The Latest CBP to do health check on all minors after death

The Latest CBP to do health check on all minors after death

He is the second migrant child to die in the care of the United States authorities this month.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she is traveling to two USA cities near the Mexican border "to see firsthand the medical screenings and conditions at Border Patrol stations".

The Border Patrol will begin conducting secondary medical checks on all children in custody, focusing on those under 10 years old, CBP said. Both were taken to the border by their parents and detained by the US Border Patrol before they fell ill. Customs and Border Protection added that the father "declined further medical assistance" at that time.

She placed some blame for the risks faced by migrant children on their families.

According to a timeline of events from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the child was released with a prescription for amoxicillin and ibuprofen after doctors had diagnosed him with a common cold.

Nielsen is also scheduled to meet with emergency medical technicians and medical professionals, as well as local officials.

U.S. authorities in the state of New Mexico say an autopsy performed on the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA custody shows he had the flu. "He wasn't sick on the way; he wasn't sick here", she said. You give them food and water.

Agency guidelines say immigrants generally shouldn't be detained for more than 72 hours in CBP holding facilities, which are usually smaller and have fewer services than ICE detention centers.

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The cause of the boy's death is not clear.

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.

"Access to justice for her relatives should be granted, including but not limited to having legal representation in the proceedings in a language they understand well", he said Monday.

Also this week, a funeral for seven-year-old Jakelin Caal was held in a small Guatemalan village. She had traveled more than 3,200 kilometers with her father to the USA border. He died shortly after. Sepsis happens when infecting organisms release deadly substances in the blood and tissue.

"Trump will say he's protecting our country while executing his ill-conceived and inhumane border "policy".

Felipe and his father were taken to two of the facilities the inspector general examined: the processing centre at the Paso del Norte port of entry, then the El Paso Border Patrol station. That includes more than 68,000 families and 13,981 children who were not with their father, mother or family members.

The deaths of two migrant children in just over two weeks raised strong new doubts Wednesday about the ability of US border authorities to care for the thousands of minors arriving as part of a surge of families trying to enter the country.

The DHS secretary defended Border Patrol officials, saying they had "assisted more than 4,300 people in distress along the border". She said that was a 20 percent increase in rescues from the year before. George Grow was the editor.

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