US delegation seeks more details on Guatemalan boy's death

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Monday, January 07 2019 Jan 7, 2019 January 07, 2019 1:25 PM January 07, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are touring a U.S. Border Patrol station in southern New Mexico as they press for more details about the death of a Guatemalan boy while in federal custody.

Caucus Chairman U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas was joined Monday in Alamogordo by freshman U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico and other Democratic lawmakers.

The tour comes as President Donald Trump continues pushing for funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as the immigration system becomes more overwhelmed.

On Christmas Eve, Felipe Gomez Alonzo became the second Guatemalan child in December to die while in U.S. custody near the Mexican border.

New Mexico authorities have said the boy tested positive for the flu, but they've yet to determine a cause of death.

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