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The CBP news release says the Department of Homeland Security is experiencing "a dramatic increase in unaccompanied children and family units arriving at our borders illegally or without authorization", and per law, holds such individuals at federal facilities until they are deported or released into the United States with a notice to appear in court. He was diagnosed with a cold, released back into Customs and Border Patrol's custody and died a few hours later on Christmas Eve. He was discharged at midday, with prescriptions for ibuprofen and the antibiotic amoxicillin.

Authorities say Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and a fever.

The congressman said promises of more medical personnel do not sufficiently address the systematic and management problems within CBP that allowed for the deaths of Jackelin and Felipe.

Guatemala's Consul General in Phoenix, Oscar Padilla Lam, met with the boy's father in Almagordo to "hear his version of the facts", according to the statement.

The father of the 8-year-old migrant who died on December 25 took the boy with him on the risky trek from Guatemala to the United States because he heard a rumor that it would help him enter the country.

Nielsen has called Gomez Alonzo's death "deeply concerning and heartbreaking".

CBP announced last week that it would begin informing Congress and the media within 24 hours after someone dies in its custody.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) penned a letter on Thursday urging the chamber's Judiciary committee to schedule a hearing about Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its "treatment of immigrant children".

Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

"This evidence includes, but is not limited to, medical records, logs of health and welfare checks, and surveillance videos at all relevant Customs and Border Protection holding facilities, forward operating bases, and processing centers", the statement read.

Felipe "always wanted a bicycle", and in the US he wouldn't have to endure the poverty and lack of opportunity in Guatemala, she said.

His death came amid a dispute over border security between President Trump and Democrats in Congress that has closed much of the government and led to hundreds of migrants being released from detention centres.

"Don't get sick on me, " she said her father told him gently.

"It's been more than a decade that we've had a child pass away anywhere in a CBP process, so this is just devastating for us", McAleenan told CBS This Morning in response to the two deaths.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo is the 8-year-old boy who died in USA custody on Christmas Eve.

A child plays with toys as a group of Central American asylum seekers rest at a migration checkpoint in Mexico. Nielsen's statement on the death of an 8 year old migrant child in @CBP custody is really remarkable. That evening, Gomez started vomiting, and his father declined medical help because his son had been feeling better, CBP said.