BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM)--Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking the Trump administration to look into the recent death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy, who had been in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.
In a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General John V. Kelly, Sen. Warren requests that he investigate the death of Felipe Alonzo Gomez, who died in a New Mexico hospital on Christmas Eve. His was the second child death in I.C.E. custody in a month. Warren says she found the deaths even more alarming after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she did not know how many people have died in U.S. custody.
The Senator wants the Inspector General to examine the specific circumstances of Gomez’s death, CBP policies and procedures and whether officials were warned of health and safety risks to children in their custody before the December deaths.
Earlier this month, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal died in Border Patrol custody eleven hours after illegally crossing the border with her father.