Two Central American children have died while in the custody of the Border Patrol. Predictably the Dems and their allies in the media are blaming the President and his tough immigration stance. A 7 year old Guatemalan female, Javelin Caal was the first child to die on December 8. Just this past week an 8 year old Guatemalan male, Felipe Gomez Alonzo died while in the custody of the border patrol. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen said that illegal border crossings have surged 86% over the same period last year. In the past 2 months alone 68,000 family units have been taken into custody and 14,000 unaccompanied children. The journey from Guatemala to the southern border of the U.S. is an arduous journey even under the best of circumstances. Both of the children who perished were only accompanied by their fathers which may or may not have had anything to do with it. It was reported that the young girl was in “good health” before embarking on the trip to the U.S. Even healthy individuals would have a difficult time traversing 1,500 miles or more through all types of weather and terrain. The latest death sounded as if the child became severely dehydrated after running a 103 degree fever and then vomiting. Children are more easily dehydrated than adults and if unable to take oral fluids would need intravenous hydration. The Border Patrol has EMTs but is unable to proved extensive medical care for people showing up at the border. Since many are encountered in very rural areas, it requires significant time to transport someone needing medical care to an appropriate facility. Border Patrol agents rescued 3,221 migrants in fiscal year 2017 alone. In that same fiscal year they reported 294 migrant deaths. The most common cause of death was exposure, including heat stroke, dehydration and hyperthermia.
Although the Dems and the media wish to make the Border Patrol appear negligent in these deaths, the agents are doing everything within their power to keep these migrants safe. Remember these are not people crossing at points of entry where we have the capability to screen and treat medical illnesses. The deaths are occurring in isolated regions where agents must take migrants into custody and then transport to a holding area. Responsibility for these deaths lies with the coyotes who have promised easy entry into the U.S. yet do not provide enough food, water and other necessities for the journey. The group Border Angels estimates that since 1994 roughly 10,000 people have died attempting to cross illegally. This information needs to be made available to those wishing to accept the risks. Better yet would be clearly defined immigration policies passed by Congress so as not to mislead those wishing to emigrate to the U.S.