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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Migrant Child Deaths Are Monstrous

Dec 9, 2019

In May of 2019, a 16-year-old migrant from Guatemala, Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, died in custody of the Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) facility in McAllen, Texas.

After the boy’s death, the CBP claimed agents had checked on him and that they were “committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody.”

It was all a lie, as a later video showed.

The nurse who examined the young man said he should go to the hospital if his flu symptoms, including his already high fever, worsened. But instead, he was put in a cell, and a video showed him falling to the floor. Then, he was ignored. The next morning, his cell mate, another sick young migrant, found him dead in a pool of blood.

Two other young migrants died of flu in CBP custody since last December. But the CBP said they would not be vaccinating anyone they held. Doctors, and even two members of Congress, have asked the Department of Homeland Security to change this policy. It is well known that vaccination prevents the worsening of contagious illnesses in the victims and prevents spreading the contagion.

Courtesy of government policy, thousands of children are at risk because the government could care less about the lives of these young people.