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An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shortly after midnight on Christmas Day, the second death of a migrant child detained by the agency this month alone.
According to the Associated Press:
The death of the eight-year-old Guatemalan boy, whose name has yet to be made public, comes just over a week after seven-year-old Jakelin Ameí Caal—also from Guatemala—died of “dehydration and shock” while in CBP custody.
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Caal’s death sparked outrage at home and abroad, and Felipe González Morales—United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants—demanded an independent probe and an immediate halt to the detention of immigrant children.
“A reminder that, yes, this is who the U.S. is,” political activist Jonathan Cohn wrote on Twitter following the eight-year-old boy’s death. “The U.S. is a country that murders children both directly and indirectly in a myriad of ways.”
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