Analysis 26-12-2018

Guatemala demands "clear" investigation of the death of the migrant child

The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry has called on Tuesday for a "clear" investigation into the death of the second Guatemalan migrant child in US custody.

In a statement published on the same day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala regretted the death of the child and stressed that the Ministry "have requested medical reports that are made to clarify the cause of death of the child." His death "is under investigation," according to the statement.

He also requested answers for the death of the first Guatemalan migrant child, Jakelin Caal Maquín, who died in similar conditions 48 hours after being arrested along with her father at the US border.

The Director of Social Communication of the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, Marta Larra, says that, at the moment, they do not have the data of the names and community of origin of the second minor dead nor of their parents. He also adds that "for protection of the family we can not give them [their names], unless they authorize."

On this same case, the Guatemalan chancellor, Sandra Jovel, has declared: "She has instructed to take care of this case as diligently as possible [...] All the assistance and consular protection necessary to the father, as well as will be in charge of the process of the repatriation of the minor's remains to Guatemala. "

The Customs and Border Protection Office announced on Tuesday the death of a second Guatemalan migrant boy of 8 years, who, according to the existing information, began to show signs of "a possible illness" on Monday when he was in the custody of border police officers. USA

According to said Office, the doctors diagnosed that the child had a common cold and, when they were going to discharge him, they realized that he had a fever. The boy died an hour later.

It is the second death in just one month of a migrant child while he was under arrest by the US authorities. On December 8, Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal died in the custody of the US Border Patrol, and her death provoked harsh criticism of the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump on the part of migrant and Democratic advocates. in the US Congress

The United Nations (UN) has also reminded the Administration of the United States of the need to investigate these incidents and purge responsibilities.

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