The 6th death involved a Guatemalan boy (2) who died of the flu and other respiratory and intestinal infections in El Paso. 4 of the 6 children who died were taken into custody by the Border Patrol’s El Paso sector. El Paso Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar said Trump officials refused to provide her with information on the deaths, citing the need to protect internal investigations. “We take our responsibility to provide adequate health care to everyone in our custody extremely seriously,” the agency said. But public health experts said the vague medical directive is meaningless.
“What they’re saying in the press statement makes it sound like things are moving and going on, but in the official document there’s nothing there to be able to parse out to say what are they truly going to do,” said Dr. Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University.