Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody

A hearse carrying a coffin with the repatriated remains of seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died in a Texas hospital on last December 8, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, drives past journalists upon the remains arrival in Guatemala City before being taken to her native San Antonio Seacortez village, in Raxruha 320 km north of the capital. (AFP)
Updated 26 December 2018
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Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody

  • Her death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants

WASHINGTON: An eight-year-old migrant from Guatemala died in government custody on Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection said, the second child fatality in US detention this month.
The boy, who was with his apprehended father, had been transferred to a New Mexico medical center showing signs of sickness on Monday, the agency said.
Staff diagnosed him with a cold but later discovered a fever. He was released at midday, given prescriptions for ibuprofen and the amoxicillin antibiotic.
The child was later transferred back to the hospital after showing signs of nausea and vomiting, dying just after midnight.
The CBP said it had not established the cause of death but would “ensure an independent and thorough review of the circumstances.”
Guatemala called on US authorities to conduct a “clear” investigation of the death, also saying that “medical reports have been requested... to clarify the cause of death of the child.”
The news of the boy’s death triggered outrage on social media, days after the body of a Guatemalan migrant girl who died in similar circumstances was returned home.
Her death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants.
“Another child dies under this Administration’s watch,” tweeted Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas.
“Such a devastating story to hear on Christmas Day.”
“Heartbroken and sickened by this news,” Martin Heinrich of New Mexico wrote on Twitter.
“I am urgently demanding more details, but the Trump administration must be held accountable for this child’s death and all the lives they have put in danger with their intentional chaos and disregard for human life,” Heinrich tweeted.
President Donald Trump has made hard-line immigration policies a central plank of his presidency, drawing fire from critics who accuse him of demonizing migrants for political gain.
He is locked in a battle with Congress over funding for his planned border wall, which he claims will stem migration from Latin American countries plagued by gang violence and poverty.
“Heartbroken to hear of a second child’s death in CBP custody,” tweeted Nydia Velazquez, a Democratic congresswoman from New York.
“We must demand accountability, find answers and put an end to this Administration’s hateful, dangerous anti-immigrant policies.”


Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

Updated 22 March 2019
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Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

  • Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh
  • Prior to being detained, the man was already awaiting deportation to Greece

BUDAPEST: Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors said in a statement.
The man, not identified in the statement, is suspected of executing about 20 people in 2016, all family members of a person in Homs city who refused to join Daesh, the prosecutors said.
The statement said the man, prior to being detained, was already awaiting deportation to Greece.
He had been caught with forged documents in Budapest's main airport on Dec. 30 last year, given a suspended prison sentence for human trafficking and other crimes, and ordered expelled from Hungary.
Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh, the prosecutors said.