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CBP changes medical practices for children in detention centers

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 28, 2018

    Following the death of an 8-year-old boy in CBP custody, CBP announces that it will begin conducting secondary medical checks of all children in their custody with priority given to children under 10. CBP is also considering other changes, including "surge" options of transferring children to family detention centers or supervised release; medical assistance from other partners (e.g. FEMA, HHS, CDC); and reviewing policies for care and conditions for children held in CBP custody. [ID #368]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 28, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Minors Detention
Agencies Affected: CBP

  1. Associated or Derivative Policies

Commentary

Customs and Border Protection announces changes after second child dies in custody

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a tweet Tuesday that the boy's death was "a horrific tragedy" and that CBP should be held accountable. The group called for the incoming Congress to investigate the Department of Homeland Security, which includes CBP.

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Autopsy for 7-year-old migrant who died in U.S. custody shows she died of sepsis

"When Jakelin Caal Maquin presented to the Border Patrol facility in New Mexico, there was no specific review of experiences, signs or symptoms that would have identified that she was sick," said Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., in an interview with NPR. "There was no physical examination including a very basic vital signs that would have most likely identified that she had a fever ... or a fast heart rate."

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