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CBP Orders Medical Exams After Second Child Dies in Agency's Custody

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CBP Orders Medical Exams After Second Child Dies in Agency's Custody

CBP Orders Medical Exams After Second Child Dies in Agency's Custody

Every child in U.S. Customs and Border Protections custody is set to undergo a medical examination following the deaths of two detained children, according to a new report.

Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.

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CBP Orders Medical Exams After Second Child Dies in Agency's Custody

Every child in US Customs and Border Protections custody is set to undergo a medical examination following the deaths of two detained children, according to the AP.??????CBP issued the order after an 8 year old Guatemalan boy died in the agency’s custody on Christmas.

Earlier in the month, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin died of dehydration and shock in CBP custody.??????Along with these secondary medical checks, CBP said in its statement that it is considering policy changes -- including securing “surge medical assistance” from additional agencies.??????Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told CBS that the last time the agency saw a child die during a CBP process was more than a decade ago.????He also mentioned that officers are taking dozens of sick immigrant children to hospitals every day, calling the deaths an “extraordinarily rare occurrence.”????The agency currently has a staff of over 1,500 emergency medical technicians.??????The guatemalan boy, identified as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, was taken to a hospital with his father after showing symptoms including coughing and glossy eyes.??????USA Today reports, the official cause of death is unknown.??????This is all happening during a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion dollars to build a border wall.????




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