Trump blames "pathetic" Democrat immigration policies for childrens' deaths

More than 14,000 unaccompanied children have been held near the US border in recent months. File pic

The latest death was that of an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala, who died on Christmas Eve at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 90 miles north of the border crossing in El Paso, Texas.

President Donald Trump sounded off on the Democratic Party on Saturday over the deaths of two migrant children who recently died in U.S. Custody, arguing that if U.S. immigration policies were stronger, the migrants would never have ended up in such an terrible position.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen inspected a border detention facility in Arizona where medical checks of migrant children are being expanded. following the outrage over the childrens' deaths.

He was the second child this month to die in USA custody after crossing the border. In early December, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal died after being detained along with her father by U.S. border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

Graham's comments come a day after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame Democrats for the deaths.

Trump has demanded $5 billion for wall construction - though the White House reportedly has shown flexibility on that number - while Democrats have offered to spend no more than $1.3 billion for security measures not including a wall. She spoke with AP journalists at the family's home in the remote Guatemalan village of Yalambojoch, her stepdaughter Catarina Gomez translating her indigenous language Chuj into Spanish. Six people died in the custody of border patrol authorities in fiscal 2018, which ended September 30. Trump's claims contradict the assessment of USA immigration authorities, who said both children passed health checks when they arrived in the country. "We don't have a radio", Catarina Gomez, Felipe's sister, said Saturday. State officials in New Mexico said on Friday that Felipe had the flu before he passed away. Border authorities have recently seen more sick migrants crossing into the U.S., DHS officials said Wednesday.

Those families and children are entering a system set up for adults.

Around 5,00 migrants are already waiting in Tijuana
Image Donald Trump wants a wall to stop migrants coming into the US via Mexico

The department also wouldn't say why Felipe and his father were detained for nearly a week, an unusually long time, or why they were placed back in detention - at a Border Patrol highway checkpoint - after being released from the hospital.

She said she had reached out to McAleenan "but have not received answers to explain why these deaths occurred".

He had been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection with his father since December 18.

President Trump cited the tragic deaths as more evidence of why it's imperative that the U.S. construct a wall along America's southern border.

He said a "sober-minded, nonpartisan look" at immigration laws is needed to confront the fact that children and families are leveraging America's legal framework to enter together in hopes of being released.

"This visit is in any case damage control of what they have done already in regards these refugees and immigrants that we have at the border", said Fernando Garcia, Founding Director of the Border Network for Human Rights.

However, fellow Republican Senator Richard Shelby warned on CBS" "Face the Nation' that negotiations were at an impasse and the shutdown "could last a long, long time". It says migration from the country has fallen significantly this year.

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