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Death At The Border: A Fourth Asylum Seeker Dies In CBP Custody

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A fourth asylum seeker has died in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody.

The 40-year-old man, whose name media outlets are withholding, died at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas after being diagnosed with flu-like symptoms and liver renal failure.

Andrew Meehan, CPB assistant commissioner for public affairs, said in a statement:

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"CBP remains committed to ensuring the safe, humane, and dignified treatment of those within the care of our custody. CBP will release more details as available and appropriate, and will ensure an independent and thorough review of the circumstances."

This comes on the heels of eight-year-old Guatemalan boy Felipe Gómez Alonzo and seven-year-old girl Jakelin Caal's deaths in December.

Last month, a 45-year-old Mexican man also died in CBP custody after being initially diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure.

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The deaths of Gómez and Caal motivated Felipe Gonza'lez Morales, the United Nations special rapporteur on migrants' human rights, to send U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a formal complaint and request for an in-depth independent investigation.

Gonza'lez said in an interview with The Guardian:

"Detention of children has such a severe impact on them that we have repeatedly warned of the risks. When a person, especially a child, is in the custody of a state, that state has to ensure their rights. States have an obligation to care for migrants who arrive at the border, they cannot treat them as animals in inhuman [sic] conditions. I'm not saying this happened in this case, but the US has a duty in this regard."

He added:

"I want to make sure that judges and public attorneys carry out the investigation fully in an independent manner without any pressure from the immigration authorities. An internal CBP inquiry would not be satisfactory."

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report published January states health department officials estimate "thousands of separated children" were placed in its care prior to a June court order requiring the reunification of 2,600 other children.

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Not only did the U.S. government separate thousands more children from their parents than previously thought; it was separating them before April 2018 when authorities admitted to its child separation policy, which DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen initially denied.

Now the administration claims it's too much work to reunify these children with their rightful families.

They are defending this position by citing the emotional harm the children would be subjected to removing them from sponsor families' care.

Earlier this month, documents NBC KNSD-TV obtained reveal CBP has a list of 59 individuals, mostly Americans, intended to be stopped and questioned at San Diego-area checkpoints.

Every individual on the "San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019 Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators, and Media" list is being detained for meeting with or aiding asylum seekers from the Honduran caravan on the Mexican side of the border.

At least 21 have been arrested.

Citing an ongoing "national security" investigation, CBP reports 10 journalistsseven of whom are American citizensa U.S.-based attorney, and others dubbed organizers and "instigators," of whom 31 are Americans, were present during a violent incident at the San Ysidro Port of Entry border with Tijuana on November 25, which started when some asylum seekers attempted to rush the border checkpoint or climb over the barrier after being made to wait a long time for processing.

CPB responded with tear gas, which Donald Trump later defended as a "minor" form, "very safe."

Esha Bandhari, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)'s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement:

"This is an outrageous violation of the First Amendment. The government cannot use the pretext of the border to target activists critical of its policies, lawyers providing legal representation, or journalists simply doing their jobs."

According to the report, CBP demands access to journalists' phones without warrants, in flagrant violation of the Constitution's fourth amendment.

 

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In 2018 369,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended crossing the border. That's 30,750 per month.

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Choose almost any single age category (20-24=147 per 100,000/year). That means the expected death rate of a relatively well-nourished, unstressed population in the USA per month (divide by 12) is just short of 12/month. Then 30,000 people, this would mean out of a population of 30,000 you would expect .3 of that number to die per month. That predicts 3 to die per month.

Either the immigrants are almost immortal, or you are missing a lot of the natural statistic attrition.

They seem to be incredibly well cared for.

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Did you assume that all apprehended remained there for the whole year ?

And in the US those aged 20-24 mostly die, I believe, from car accidents and shooting.

Are these prevalent in custody?

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Open-border advocates like Chamber of Commerce Republicans, wanting excesses of cheap labor and Neo-Liberal Democrats wanting to replace the traditional American majority with a new people are trying desperately to create a new Aylan Kurdi.

Open border advocates have changed tactics; subversive groups like Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and Soros funded N.G.O.'s are recruiting Central Americans to form caravans and charge our border demanding asylum. This is a deliberate gaming of our immigration laws using the 'children' as pawns. The MSM then floods us with sob stories of families 'ripped apart' and children 'caged like animals'.

It's all theater to obscure their true motives.

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