Trump accused of 'reaching new lows' with tweets about migrants

Trump accused of 'reaching new lows' with tweets about migrants

Trump accused of 'reaching new lows' with tweets about migrants

It marked his first public comments following the Christmas Eve death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, the second Guatemalan child to die in government custody in three weeks.

President Donald Trump claims that two Guatemalan children who died in USA custody were already ill, yet both young migrants passed initial health screenings by border officials.

The administration has sought to limit the ability of immigrants to seek asylum protections and has worked with Mexico to create a new program in which migrants, most from Central America, must remain in that country as their asylum cases are processed. Trump's claims contradict the assessment of USA immigration authorities, who said both children passed health checks when they arrived in the country.

Nielsen said the system is "clearly overwhelmed" and called on Congress to "address this humanitarian crisis". He said both Guatemalan children were in dire health before their apprehension, yet they cleared initial health screenings and one of them was in US custody for five days before suddenly falling ill.

On Saturday, Trump claimed that Felipe and Jakelin were "very sick" before they reached the border, though both young migrants passed initial health screenings by Border Patrol.

Immigration advocates and human rights groups sharply criticized CBP in the wake of Felipe's death.

Children who were part of the Central American migrant caravan vie for candy tossed out to them by a social worker at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20.

Earlier this month, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died after she began vomiting and stopped breathing while in Border Patrol custody.

Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, were apprehended by border agents December 18 near the Paso del Norte bridge connecting El Paso to Juarez, Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

They were among 139,817 people arrested near the USA southwest border in the past two months, nearly twice the number seen during the same period previous year - 14,000 of those unaccompanied children.

Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, were apprehended by border agents on December 18 near the Paso del Norte bridge connecting El Paso to Juarez, Mexico, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

Trump has repeatedly made unsupported claims about the dangers posed by incoming migrants; his controversial campaign-promise of a new border wall is at the center of congressional gridlock that has temporarily shuttered the federal government.

Authorities there said that he was initially diagnosed with a cold but that an autopsy showed he had the flu. USA officials said she had walked for days in the desert without food or water, but her family disputed that.

Felipe was held for observation for 90 minutes, according to CBP, before being released with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen. As of Friday, almost 150 children had been screened under the new procedures and at least four had been admitted to an area hospital, according to the Border Regional Advisory Council, a non-profit that is helping coordinate the check-ups.

Nasal and lung swabs taken from Felipe Gomez Alonzo tested positive for influenza B, the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said in a statement Thursday.

The government of El Salvador is pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertion that it doesn't do enough to stem migration to the United States.

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