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Rep. Carbajal joins delegation seeking more details on Guatemalan boy’s death at border

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 21:20:27-05

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Democratic colleagues, including Central Coast Rep. Salud Carbajal, toured a border patrol station in New Mexico on Monday.

They’re pressing for more details about the death of a Guatemalan boy while in federal custody.

On Christmas Eve, Felipe Gomez Alonzo became the second Guatemalan child in December to die while in U.S. custody near the Mexican border.

The lawmakers said despite some improvements in recent weeks, more needs to be done to boost access to proper medical care.

New Mexico authorities have said the boy tested positive for the flu, but they’ve yet to determine a cause of death.

The group is also 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 the visit Monday that the administration’s policies are exacerbating what he described as a humanitarian crisis.