Lawmakers grill White House on migrant children deaths

News

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Lawmakers want to know exactly what the Trump administration is doing to prevent the deaths of more migrant children in government custody.

Democratic lawmakers are also asking why there’s been a string of migrant children in government custody since 2018.

“No child had died in CBP custody for the entire decade before 2018,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

New Mexico Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small also questions whether the death investigations were appropriately handled.

“To only determine whether there was malfeasance by personnel and did not consider whether CBP’s policies and procedures are adequate to prevent migrant child deaths,” she said.

Dr. Alex Eastman with the Department of Homeland Security said the problems were caused by a massive increase in border arrivals.

“At times, nearly 400% — a number that would gridlock any conventional healthcare system,” Eastman said.

A border patrol official told lawmakers the agency did its best and that since last summer, new medical personnel, equipment and procedures have been added.

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) says while unfortunate, the deaths of migrant children may be unavoidable.

“But for the sense of perspective, let me say that in 2017 alone 28,308 juveniles died in professional medical facilities in the United States,” he said.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Elderly woman says her Northeast El Paso neighborhood has a stigma and has been overlooked ... until now

Thumbnail for the video titled "Elderly woman says her Northeast El Paso neighborhood has a stigma and has been overlooked ... until now"

Two El Paso women speak out about sexual assault, UTEP policies in question

Thumbnail for the video titled "Two El Paso women speak out about sexual assault, UTEP policies in question"

Violence continues in Juarez 'colonias' with finding of two murder victims

Thumbnail for the video titled "Violence continues in Juarez 'colonias' with finding of two murder victims"

Second George Floyd protest in El Paso much calmer

Thumbnail for the video titled "Second George Floyd protest in El Paso much calmer"

Gov. Abbott joins KXAN for live interview about protests, reopenings

Thumbnail for the video titled "Gov. Abbott joins KXAN for live interview about protests, reopenings"

Crowds demand justice in Downtown El Paso

Thumbnail for the video titled "Crowds demand justice in Downtown El Paso"
More Local
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link