Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of migrant children at border

Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of migrant children at border

Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of migrant children at border

As Democrats criticized Trump for also tweeting Saturday that Democratic immigration policies were responsible for the deaths, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited medical officials and Border Patrol agents at the southern border in Arizona and Texas amid promises of additional wellness screenings for migrant children.

Late Friday, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo confirmed he was among those who met with Nielsen, saying they discussed "our immigration needs on the border".

On Saturday, President Trump blamed Democrats for the two children's deaths.

Trump's tweets refer to 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who died on Christmas Eve after being taken into custody by immigration officials last week, and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who suddenly died earlier this month while in USA custody.

On Sunday McAleenan called for a "multifaceted solution" to the immigration crisis, including not only better border security and new immigration laws but providing more aid to the Central American countries from which numerous migrants have fled.

The US government shutdown may extend into January as the president demands money for a border wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents did everything they could to get medical help for two children who subsequently died in their custody, the CBP chief Kevin McAleenan said on Sunday.

Others called his tweets "disturbing" and pointed out that U.S. immigration policies have been in place for years without children dying in government custody.

Cooped up in the White House after cancelling his planned vacation to his private Florida club over the impasse, Trump has been firing off Twitter taunts.

Many of them have been on holiday over the Christmas period, but Mr Trump is likely to come under renewed pressure to reach a compromise if the shutdown continues beyond the New Year.

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sunday defended his agents' handling of two sick children who died in their custody, saying they did everything they could to get medical help for them in hard circumstances. "It's now the second such death", Connolly said. "They can't. If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

"And instead, our President--who apparently lacks any capacity for human empathy--decides to use the death of two children as a political tool, something he can hit his opponents with". Investigations into the incidents are ongoing, and the official cause of death in both cases has not been announced.

He died on the same day that Jakelin Caal, a Guatemalan girl who died in United States custody under similar circumstances earlier this month, was buried back in her home village. "You don't need to say, kids died because of you".

The trip came days after the death of Felipe Gomez Alonzo.

The record so far as is known neither establishes that US officials were to blame nor clears them of blame, despite Trump's pronouncement. After the boy began to vomit and had a fever, he was taken back to the hospital in the evening, where he died just before midnight on December 24. He has tested positive for influenza B, officials said.

"We have to put a stop on this".

A group of Democratic lawmakers say that when Congress returns to Washington, D.C., next week they will "hold hearings and conduct oversight of the two deaths that occurred earlier this month, as well as the conditions under which thousands of children are being held in DHS custody".

She was also briefed in El Paso, Texas, on Friday on "recently instituted secondary medical screenings and the more thorough initial health screenings of migrants". The pace of the release is expected to double in coming days as federal authorities seek to minimise stays in small holding cells that weren't designed for families.

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