The Department of Homeland Security’s Workplace of Inspector General said Friday that it had discovered “ no misconduct or impropriety” by department officials in the deaths of two Guatemalan children who passed away in the custody of the United States Border Patrol last year.
The workplace announced the finding in 2 brief reports. The reports did not name the children, however the information listed match the deaths of Jakelin Caal Maquín, 7, and Felipe Gómez Alonso, 8, both of whom died in December 2018.
The deaths provoked outrage, particularly amongst critics of the Trump administration who saw them as evidence of the administration’s cruelty toward young migrants running away Central America.
The Department of Homeland Security said Friday night that it was “still distressed by the terrible loss of these young lives,” and included that it continued “to bolster medical screenings and care at D.H.S. centers on the border.”
” The males and women of Border Patrol are devoted to the highest requirements of professionalism and care and have the complete assistance of the department,” a spokesperson stated.
Jakelin, who passed away in an El Paso healthcare facility a few days past her 7th birthday, was apprehended, in addition to her dad, in Antelope Wells, N.M., on Dec. 6, 2018, the inspector general’s report stated.
On Dec. 7, as the two were being carried to another border patrol center in Lordsburg, N.M., her daddy reported that she had a fever and was vomiting. Then she started to have seizures. After arriving in Lordsburg, she was flown to a hospital.
On Dec. 8, she was noticable dead
Jakelin had a sophisticated infection, stated several physicians who examined her autopsy report previously this year
The inspector general’s report stated “the child passed away of natural causes due to sequelae of Streptococcal sepsis.”
Felipe and his father were detained by migration authorities on Dec. 18, the report said.
Days later, on Dec. 24, a border patrol representative “observed that the child appeared ill and talked to the father, who asked for medical treatment for his son,” the report stated.
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The young boy was required to a close-by hospital, where he was found to have an upper respiratory infection, and was “recommended amoxicillin and acetaminophen.” The hospital staff then “discharged the child, who was returned to the U.S.B.P. center.”
The authorities gotten and administered the kid’s medicine when he was back at the border patrol center, the inspector general’s report said, and the kid “enhanced briefly, and subsequently aggravated.”
For the second time, the kid was taken to the healthcare facility.
” Upon arrival, the child was unresponsive and noticable dead,” the report said, which states that the cause of death was “sepsis brought on by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.” An autopsy report for Felipe, who died on Dec. 24, likewise discussed problems from the influenza as a cause of death.
It was not immediately clear why the flu was not noted in the inspector general’s report.
Agent Joaquin Castro of Texas, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement late Friday that the inspector general’s examinations “leave lots of questions, and I will ask for a conference as quickly as possible to get answers.”
” I went to Antelope Wells and Alamogordo to investigate the deaths of Felipe and Jakelin, and I was stunned by the conditions and absence of even the many standard medical facilities,” he continued. “The bottom line is that migrant kids are being treated with less than basic humane care at our border and are dying as an outcome. In fact, more children have passed away in C.B.P. custody since the deaths of Jakelin and Felipe. This pattern of death need to disturb and alarm all of us.”
In February, caucus members introduced legislation directing Custom-mades and Border Security to execute a set of minimum humanitarian requirements for the treatment of people in the agency’s custody.
This week, President Trump met Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, at the White Home, where the 2 discussed illegal immigration.
Mr. Trump praised Guatemala’s efforts to suppress the circulation of migrants and spoke of his push to construct a “extremely huge wall” on the United States’ border with Mexico.
Mr. Morales likewise spoke about migration.
” We have actually been able to deal with migration, and we’re trying to make it legal, since by no means we can threaten minors or populations, who are susceptible, to coming to the border unlawfully,” he said, according to a White House records