Eight year Guatemala girl dies in US Immigration custody

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."

Migrant boy dies in U.S. custody; second in one month, Trump vows shutdown will last until border wall is funded

A group of Central American migrants surrender to US Border Patrol agents after jumping over the metal barrier separating Playas de Tijuana in Mexico from the US, 2 December 2018
Image captionMigrants arriving at the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, officials say, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month.

The border agency says the boy died on Monday night hours after showing signs of illness. A Texas congressman named him as Felipe Alónzo-Gomez.


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The child was detained with his father on 18 December after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.

A seven-year-old girl died earlier this month just hours after being detained.

Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, developed a high fever and died of liver failure. Her funeral was held in her village on Tuesday.

Thousands of migrants have travelled from Central America – mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – to the US border.

Many say there are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries and plan to seek asylum in the US.

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