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A 2½-year-old Guatemalan boy apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border died Tuesday night in El Paso after several weeks in the hospital, according to the Guatemalan Consulate and another person with direct knowledge of the case.

The boy, who was not identified, arrived at the border with his mother days after now-acting homeland security secretary Kevin McAleenanheld a news conference near a crowded holding facility in El Paso on March 27 to warn that a surge of Central Americans was pushing the system to the “breaking point.”

The boy is the fourth migrant child to die since December after being apprehended at the southern border and taken to the hospital. All have been from Guatemala, a Central American nation experiencing severe drought and poverty, and where smugglers have been offering discounted trips to families traveling to the United States.

(David Bythewood) #102

16-year-old migrant boy dies in U.S. custody, 5th child to die since Dec. (that we know of) 16-year-old migrant boy dies in U.S. custody, 5th child to die since December via @nbcnews

A 10-year-old migrant girl died last year in government care, officials acknowledge Migrant children death: A 10-year-old migrant girl died last year in government care, officials acknowledge [Exclusive] - CBS News


Six children have died. This one wasn’t previously reported.

(David Bythewood) #104

Yup, sorry, that’s in the second one there. And those are the ones we know of.

I have articles on suicides, miscarriages, a transgender asylum seeker beaten to death… it’s bad all around. The full scope I am not certain we’ll ever know.


A federal judge has partially blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The preliminary injunction issued Friday immediately halts a $1 billion transfer of Pentagon counterdrug funding to cover expansions and enhancement of border barriers.

The court order also appears to jeopardize another $1.5 billion of the $8.1 billion the administration planned to use for border construction.

However, Oakland, Calif.-based U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam’s order only limits construction in specific border areas in Texas and Arizona and does not prevent the administration from tapping other funding sources to advance those projects.

Gilliam said the administration’s plan to transfer counterdrug funding to finance the border-wall construction appeared to be unconstitutional because the legal authority the administration was relying on applied only to “unforeseen” needs. …

“The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” the judge wrote. …

The judge’s words are spot on. Trump is trying to take over the legislative branch of our government. It’s Congress that allocates funds, not the President. That’s Constitution 101.

(David Bythewood) #106

CBP Continues to Harass Journalists and Activists

This thread is the firsthand account of journalist and writer Nate Abaurrea, who was detained and harassed by the CBP, as so many activists and journalists have been. Fair warning, it’s quite graphic and disturbing.

Migrant boy who died in U.S. custody wanted to help brother with special needs, family says

The family of Carlous Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez mourned him as a well-behaved teen who loved soccer and music, playing both the bass and the piano