ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on two Guatemalan children who died while in U.S. government custody (all times local):
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are taking aim at President Donald Trump’s insistence that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will help alleviate the immigration crisis at the southern border and bolster security.
Caucus Chairman U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas argued during a visit to southern New Mexico on Monday that the administration’s policies are exacerbating what he described as a humanitarian crisis.
Castro pointed to the deaths of two Guatemalan children who were ill and died in December while in federal custody.
Castro, freshman U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico and a group of their Democratic colleagues toured a border patrol station in Alamogordo where one of the children had been detained with his father.
They said despite some improvements in recent weeks, more needs to be done to boost access to proper medical care.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are touring a U.S. Border Patrol station in southern New Mexico as they press for more details about the death of a Guatemalan boy while in federal custody.
Caucus Chairman U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas was joined Monday in Alamogordo by freshman U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico and other Democratic lawmakers.
The tour comes as President Donald Trump continues pushing for funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as the immigration system becomes more overwhelmed.
On Christmas Eve, Felipe Gomez Alonzo became the second Guatemalan child in December to die while in U.S. custody near the Mexican border.
New Mexico authorities have said the boy tested positive for the flu, but they’ve yet to determine a cause of death.