8-Year-Old Dies in Hospital After Illegally Crossing Border into US

A woman carries her son as she looks at people taking part in a gathering in support of the migrant caravan in San Diego U.S. close to the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Tijuana Mexico

us immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in government custody, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month.

The boy and his father were taken to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the boy was diagnosed with a cold, according to a CBP news release.

The boy and his father were in CBP custody on Monday when a Border Patrol agent noticed the child showing signs of illness, CBP said in a statement. He died at the hospital shortly after midnight, CBP said, adding that the official cause of death is not known.

Jakelin and her father handed themselves in to USA border agents in New Mexico in early December.

Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat who will represent the district starting in January, called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the children's deaths and more medical resources along the border. The girl began vomiting during a bus transfer to Lordsburg Border Patrol Station.

It remained unclear why the boy and the father were held in the holding facility over 72 hours in total, despite the agency's recommendations that immigrants should be transferred to better ICE facilities, though the decision could have been made due to lack of space in such facilities.

He is the second migrant child to have died this month after being detained at the border between Mexico and the United States.

Central American migrants part of a caravan hoping to reach the U.S. gets settled in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City Monday Nov. 5 2018. Thousands of Central American migrants have arrived at the stadium still hundreds of mile
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Her body was repatriated on Sunday and after a long journey reached San Antonio Secortez, the remote village where her family - members of the indigenous Q'eqchi' Maya people - live without electricity and other basic services.

Thousands of migrants have travelled from Central America to the USA border.

Alamogordo is about 90 miles from El Paso.

United States authorities have informed Guatemalan officials of the death.

President Donald Trump has made hardline immigration policies a central plank of his presidency, drawing fire from critics who accuse him of demonizing migrants for political gain. Emergency medical technicians had to revive her twice. The hospital said the girl likely died from septic shock.

She was flown to hospital in El Paso, Texas where she died the next day.

This photo shows the border fence under construction near New Mexico's Highway 9, near Santa Teresa. The White House did not immediately comment on the boy's death Tuesday.

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