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‘It’s an enormous flow’: CBP commissioner says migrants are bringing children across the border at unprecedented rates after second child dies in Border Patrol custody…” officers are taking dozens of sick children to hospitals every day.”

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan spoke to CBS on Wednesday morning
Follows the Christmas Eve death of eight-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo
Felipe died with a fever after getting medical check in CBP custody
Another Guatemalan child in U.S. custody, Jakelin Caal, 7, died on December 8
McAleenan said migrants with kids are flooding border at unprecedented rate
Called on Congress to provide more resources to overtaxed Border Patrol
Says CBP will have processed nearly 25,000 children by end of December
By KEITH GRIFFITHDAILYMAIL.COM
26 December 2018
In the wake of two migrant children’s deaths in custody, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said that migrants bringing children are flooding across the border illegally at an unprecedented rate, straining the agency’s ability to process them.
On Christmas Eve, eight-year-old Guatemalan Felipe Gómez Alonzo died in CBP custody near El Paso, Texas, following the death in early December of seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal.
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told CBS This Morning on Wednesday that migrants, perhaps incentivized by legal loopholes, were bringing children across the border illegally in ‘huge numbers.’
‘Our stations are not built for that group that’s crossing today – they were built 30 or 40 years ago for single adult males, and we need a different approach,’ McAleenan said. ‘We need help from Congress, and we need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities.’
CBP notified the public about both children’s deaths in custody, and McAleenan strongly denied that there were any other deaths that the public was not aware of.
‘This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve had a child pass away anywhere in the CBP process,’ he said.
McAleenan said that the agency has more than 1,500 emergency medical technicians on staff and that officers are taking dozens of sick children to hospitals every day.  
‘What we’re seeing is more children than ever before coming into our custody,’ he said.
‘At this pace by the end of December we’ll have had almost 25,000 children, most of them accompanied by parents, who have crossed our border and are arriving in custody. That’s an enormous flow, and it’s very different than we’ve seen before,’ he noted.
McAleenan also said that the El Paso sector, where both child deaths occurred, has seen a surge in illegal immigration from Central America with the recent formation of ‘commercial’ bus services operated by criminal cartels, which transport migrants to the U.S. border from their home countries in a matter of days.
CBP officers and the Border Patrol remain on the job despite the partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall.
Asked whether the shutdown was worth it to secure the funding, McAleenan said that more resources were ‘absolutely’ needed for border security.  
CBP said in a statement that an agent first noticed that Gómez Alonzo had a cough and ‘glossy eyes’ at about 9am on Monday.  
Felipe was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a common cold, according to the agency.
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