8-Year-Old Guatemalan Boy Dies In Border Patrol Custody, 2nd Child To Die This Month

Eight-year-old Felix Gomez Alonzo died in custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Christmas Eve in New Mexico, where he had been detained since December 18.

Democracy Now reports the Guatemalan boy “had been diagnosed with a common cold, given ibuprofen and antibiotics, and released. But the boy continued to become more ill throughout the day, becoming nauseous and vomiting. He was sent back to the same hospital (Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center) but fell unconscious along the way. He was pronounced dead just before midnight Christmas morning.”

His death follows the death of seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal Maquín, who died on December 8, two days after she and her father asked for asylum and were taken into custody by the Border Patrol

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to reject President Trump’s asylum ban that denied asylum to anyone entering the country from outside of a legal port of entry.

(Source: Democracy Now)

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