8-Year-Old Who Died in Border Control Custody Had the Flu

8-Year-Old Who Died in Border Control Custody Had the Flu

But the father of six, like others in the rural farming village of Yalambojoch, decided traveling with a child was the only way out.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to convene for a meeting after a second child died while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol. Felipe was eager to go, the boy's stepsister said in a telephone interview Thursday, excited to attend school, find a new home and buy clothes for his siblings.

Catarina Gomez Lucas, the boy's 21-year-old stepsister, would not say who spread the rumors or who transported the father and son to the border.

Father and son ended up in a holding cell in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Christmas Eve, after days of being shuttled from one Border Patrol facility to another.

Felipe died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and a fever, authorities said.

The latest fatality prompted sharp criticism from some Democrats, and US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced policy changes on Wednesday aimed at preventing future deaths of children in custody.

Federal officials say they must screen migrants before releasing them and have been overwhelmed by a record surge of adults crossing with children.

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The boy and his father entered the United States via El Paso, Texas, on December 18 and were transferred to a border patrol station in Alamogordo on December 23.

Nielsen has called the death "deeply concerning and heartbreaking" and requested medical help from other government agencies.

Now the head of Customs and Border Protection is reiterating calls for Congress to provide more funding to handle the influx of migrants crossing the border.

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"We need border security investments, absolutely", he said. He believed he'd pay it off easily after working in the United States. CBP has not named the boy, but US Rep. Joaquin Castro identified him as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. Homeland Security officials also said Felipe initially appeared to be well.

Instead, the boy fell ill and died. "He wasn't sick on the way; he wasn't sick here", she said.

"We just left a shelter where there are a number of little children", O'Rourke said.

They were given hot food, snacks, juice and water, and two days later, were transferred to the El Paso Border Patrol Station, the CBP said.

Agustin Gomez, the boy's father, has two brothers in the United States he hoped to meet, his wife said. "He was well. He was happy".

Alonzo was taken to a hospital where he showed signs of "potential illness". She had a 105.7-degree fever. The agency said the boy was taken to a hospital, diagnosed with a cold, released with medication, then taken back to the hospital before dying about 12 minutes before Christmas.

"The doctor said his health was OK, " she said her father told her. She died in the hospital on December 8.

"Lots of them have gone with children and managed to cross, even if they're held for a month or two". Customs and Border Protection added that the father "declined further medical assistance" at that time. She said their father barely has a grade school education and speaks Chuj, a Mayan language, better than Spanish.

A few hours later, the boy again began feeling nauseous and was taken back to the hospital, where he died just before midnight. "It can't be. Don't abandon me here".

He was not allowed to inform the family of the boy's death until December 26, Gomez Lucas said - a detail DHS did not confirm.

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