Death of Yet Another Guatemalan Boy Raises Questions at CBP

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US Customs and Border Protection custody revealed the death of another Guatemalan boy on Monday morning.

The boy identified as Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was sick with influenza A and died at a Border Patrol Station in South Texas. The present circumstances where children are seen dying one by one in the custody while their actual cause of death remains unknown, have raised questions on the government.

The CBP officials arrested the 16-year-old Guatemalan boy in Texas on May 13 and later transferred him to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station on May 19. Before the officials could have sent the boy to join the migrant children’s shelter, the teenager died the next morning.  

Monday’s death has created a big commotion amongst the people. The detained migrant parents have raised health and safety concerns for their children held under the Customs and Border Protection custody. The numbers of child deaths in the custody have risen to five, since December.

Two of Guatemalan children named Jakelin Caal Maquin and Felipe Gomez Alonozo died of a bacterial infection called sepsis, in the Customs and Border Protection custody in December. The officials revealed the third death in a Texas Children’s hospital, in the last week of April. With thorough investigation, they identified the name of the boy, his cause of death continues to be a mystery. The fourth death included a two-year-old, who died at a hospital in El Paso, Texas last week.

Increased number of migrants has also brought greater medical risks in the country. In search of better lifestyles, people have been pushing themselves to their limits to reach the States, wherein they are detained, separated from their children.

In April alone, the Border Patrol arrested around 98,977 migrants for illegally entering the US. The majority of these migrants were families, pushing the medical institutions far beyond their capacities.

Due to lack of consciousness, the migrant children are the ones who easily fall victim to the circumstances, nearing to their deaths.

In response to the recent Guatemalan boy’s death on Monday, the Acting Commissioner John Sanders expressed grief saying, “The men and women of US Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family.”

“CBP is committed to the health, safety, and humane treatment of those in our custody,” he added.  

Despite the prescribed treatment given to the teenager during the last welfare check at the Weslaco station, the health officials found him unresponsive after an hour. 

The officials have been investigating the death of the Guatemalan boy. The continuous deaths of the migrant children raise questions on the credibility of the US medical checkups and services provided at the border. The deaths also affect the mindset of the Americans in regards to the crisis handling, thus bringing in more challenges for the government in power.


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