The Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus in a manger to parents forced to seek refuge in a stable when there was no room in the inn echoed ironically through the halls of American government detention centers early this Christmas morning as another child detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) died while in their custody.
According to the Associated Press, immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died shortly after midnight on Christmas morning becoming the second child this month to perish while under the supervision of the CBP.
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“CBP says the boy showed “signs of potential illness” Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico. There, CBP says, he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever. He was given medications and released Monday afternoon.”
The otherwise unidentified Guatemalan refugee boy was brought back to the hospital later in the evening yesterday suffering from nausea and vomiting and died a few hours later. The specific cause of death has yet to be released, but CBP officials say that they’ll be releasing more details shortly.
This latest tragedy comes after public outrage over the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died of dehydration and septic shock in El Paso, Texas just hours after being taken into custody by border patrol agents.
It’s unclear at this point how long the latest victim of the Trump adminstration’s cruel and disastrous immigration dentention policies has been in governement custody, but more details are expected to emerge later today.
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Original reporting by The Associated Press.