Nielsen visits Texas border after second child’s death

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This Dec, 12, 2018 image offered by Catarina Gomez on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, reveals her half-brother Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her house in Yalambojoch, Guatemala. The 8-year-old kid passed away in U.S. custody at a New Mexico medical facility on Christmas Eve after suffering a cough, throwing up and fever, authorities stated. The cause is under examination. (Catarina Gomez through AP )

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday went to the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan young boy was apprehended with his dad prior to passing away in federal government custody .

DHS spokesperson Katie Waldman stated previously in the week that Nielsen was arranged to explore numerous stations and substations, and was likewise arranged to consult with emergency situation medical experts and medical professionals, along with regional authorities.

Nielsen then was set up to go to Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday.

DHS did not right away launch more information on the journey or who Nielsen satisfied, stating it was closed to journalism. Late Friday, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo validated he was amongst those who met Nielsen, stating they went over “our migration requires on the border.”The declaration from Margo, a Republican, did not point out the young boy’s death or whether it was talked about.

The journey came 4 days after the death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo. Felipe was the 2nd Guatemalan kid to pass away in federal government custody in 3 weeks.

Nielsen has actually called the death “deeply heartbreaking and worrying “and asked for medical aid from other federal government firms, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard. As Nielsen made the journey to Texas, New Mexico’s Democratic senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent her a letter Friday looking for responses about the young boy’s death.

” The timeline, action and elements that resulted in Felipe’s death are still establishing, however the info that has actually ended up being public up until now is worrying and needs instant attention and examination, “the letter states.

Felipe and his daddy, Agustin Gomez, were collared by border representatives on Dec. 18 near the Paso del Norte bridge linking El Paso to Juarez, Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The 2 were apprehended at the bridge’s processing center and after that the Border Patrol station in El Paso, up until being taken at about 1 a.m. Sunday to a center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 90 miles (145 kilometers)away.

After a representative discovered Felipe coughing, daddy and child were required to an Alamogordo medical facility, where Felipe was detected with a cold and discovered to have a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit(39.4 degrees Celsius), CBP has actually stated.

Felipe was held for observation for 90 minutes, according to CBP, prior to being launched with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen.

But the young boy fell ill hours in the future Monday and was re-admitted to the health center. He passed away prior to midnight.

New Mexico authorities stated late Thursday that an autopsy reveals Felipe had the influenza, however more tests require to be done prior to a cause of death can be figured out.

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