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.????