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The Department of Homeland Security promises changes to protect children of migrants: NPR



Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced a series of "Exceptional Protective Measures" to improve conditions for children and adults detained in custody of US Customs and Border Guard.

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Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced a series of "Exceptional Protective Measures" to improve the conditions for children and adults living in US Customs and Border Guard customs. Susan Walsh / AP

Following the death of a second migrant child in the US over the past two weeks, Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced on Wednesday that the government is calling on several federal agencies to assist Customs and Border Guard in implementing a host New guidelines should improve the treatment of children and adults in federal institutions.

"In response to the unprecedented influx of children into our custody, I've launched a series of exceptional protective measures," Nielsen said in a statement.

She said the changes were violated as a result of the "heartbreaking" death of eight-year-old Guatemalan Felipe Gomez Alonso, who died of cold and high fever on Monday night in New Mexico.

19659008] Jackelin Caal Maquin, a seven-year-old girl, also from Guatemala, died of dehydration and septic shock on December 8, two days after her imprisonment with her father.

"This migration is now clear Ants, especially children, are increasingly facing medical challenges and harbor diseases caused by their long and dangerous journey," said Nielsen. [8] Eight-year-old migrant boy dies in government custody in New Mexico hospital “/>

Recent deaths are the first child deaths in more than a decade, according to Nielsen. Nielsen called the remote locations of their crossings and the lack of resources as the main obstacles that prevent first responders from sending help. 19659008] As of Tuesday, Border Patrol agents have begun carrying out secondary medical examinations for all CBP prisoners, including unaccompanied minors and parts of family units traveling with other family members or legal guardians.

"Forward, all children will receive a more thorough assessment on the ground as soon as possible after arrest – regardless of whether the accompanying adult has asked or not" Nielsen, "said Nielsen.

The Secretary of Homeland Security said she had called the Ministry of Defense to reinforce the medical staff at the border, as well as the US Coast Guard Medical Corps to review the CBP's medical programs and make suggestions for improvement.Also, Nielsen said, "I have personally been to the Centers for Disease Control worked together to ask their experts to investigate the rise of sick children crossing our borders, and to identify additional steps that hospitals on the border should take to prepare and treat these diseases.

Earlier statement by CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, it was noted that the agency is considering applying for further support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Health and Human Services "for the additional medical capabilities of the US Border Guard to support. "

In partnership with the CDC, McAleenan said the two agencies would" focus on the number of detained children. "- A suggestion, the sharp criticism of Rep. Lou Correa, a member of the Hispanic caucus of the US Congress from California and the elected chair of the Homeland Security Oversight subcommittee.