Trump blames Dems for deaths of migrant children on the border

DHS Sec Nielsen visits Texas border after second child's death

In addition to condemning the president's tweets as an "absolutely disgusting" display of immorality, commentators were also quick to note the total lack of accuracy of Trump's outburst, which came as the government shutdown appears set to continue into January with no end in sight. "And I think this is an example of how the hard-working men of Border Patrol are faced with challenges they have not been prepared for or don't have the resources to deal with".

USA law allows migrants to seek asylum protections and, in most cases, win the right to a hearing before an immigration judge.

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the US, climb down a steep hill after giving up on trying to climb the border wall into the USA from Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 13, 2018.

Trump tweeted: "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally". Almost 50,000 family units were caught by the U.S. Border Patrol in October and November, according to Department of Homeland Security data, a fourfold increase over the same period a year ago.

A Homeland Security spokeswoman said in a statement that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was briefed on the new procedures Saturday in Yuma, Arizona, where she is continuing meeting with Border Patrol officials.

Late Friday, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said he was among those who met with Nielsen, saying they discussed "our immigration needs on the border".

She was speaking along with Rep. -elect Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) at an Annunciation House shelter, one of a series that have been housing more than 2,000 migrants a week released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the El Paso area in recent weeks.

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"The system is clearly overwhelmed", Nielsen said in a statement.

He was the second child this month to die in US custody after crossing the border.

According to the Border Protection timeline, Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, were caught December 18 at about 1 p.m., about 3 miles or 5 kilometers from a border port at El Paso.

The two were detained at the bridge's processing center and then the Border Patrol station in El Paso, until being taken at about 1am Sunday to a facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away.

Although diagnosed with a common cold, he had a 103 degree fever and was held for observation for an additional 90 minutes before being released in mid-afternoon, prescribed amoxicillin and Ibuprofen. He died just before midnight. "They are working so hard & getting so little credit", Trump continued in a second tweet. The Central American nation says it has made strides in economic and social improvements to try to tamp down the root causes of the phenomenon.

The government of El Salvador is pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertion that it doesn't do enough to stem migration to the United States. Alan Shapiro, a pediatrician who treats and advocates for immigrant children told Yahoo News that the claim is "disingenuous" adding that "there's an uptick everywhere in the country of viral illnesses in winter".

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