Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of 2 children at border

Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of 2 children at border

On Saturday, President Trump blamed Democrats for the two children's deaths.

"The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol", he added. It wasn't until several hours later that Jakelin's father, Nery Caal, told agents she was "sick and vomiting", CBP said.

The wall, Trump asserted, would prevent people from even trying to cross the border. "Our agents got her there as quickly as they could, where we had a paramedic waiting - an agent who's a paramedic, too - to revive her and get her into emergency medical service and life-flight her to a children's hospital in El Paso".

Both children were from Guatemala but died in separate circumstances after crossing the border illegally and being taken into the custody of US Border Patrol.

Both children were from Guatemala, which for most of the last 50 years has been torn apart by guerilla conflict, ethnic massacres, dictatorships and poverty.

Of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died early this month: "Jakelin was 94 miles away from the nearest Border Patrol station".

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in the USA state of New Mexico on early Tuesday, and a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents.

USA law allows migrants to seek asylum protections and, in most cases, win the right to a hearing before an immigration judge.

"As we move into the next Congress, I want to put you and your department on notice", Representative Jerrold Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Nielsen in a December 20 hearing. First it was a Trump Shutdown; then it was the Democrats' shutdown.

Immigration advocates and human rights groups sharply criticised CBP in the wake of Felipe's death.

Late Friday, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said he was among those who met with Nielsen, saying they discussed "our immigration needs on the border".

Her office said she was briefed in El Paso, Texas, on Friday on "recently instituted secondary medical screenings and the more thorough initial health screenings of migrants".

But, Garcia believes the crisis will persevere as long as the Trump administration's policy of detaining migrant children continues. "This visit is not making any difference because the policy that is criminalizing immigrants, that is putting children in jail is not changing independently of the visit of Secretary Nielsen", said Garcia.

But the morning of December 24, an agent noticed Felipe coughing, with glossy eyes, and he was taken to a hospital at about 9:30 a.m. with suspected flu or strep throat.

Felipe was held for observation for 90 minutes, according to US Customs and Border Protection, before being released with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen.

Residents say the Guatemalan government has turned a blind eye to their plight, a complaint that can be heard in other impoverished villages in the country. As of Friday, almost 150 children had been screened under the new procedures and at least four had been admitted to an area hospital, according to the Border Regional Advisory Council, a non-profit that is helping coordinate the check-ups.

An 8-year-old boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died just before midnight on Christmas Eve.

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