Democratic delegation to investigate migrant child’s death


Legal Black Gavel

source: Politico
published: 4 January 2019

Reps. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) will lead a congressional delegation to the border Monday to investigate a migrant child’s death in the custody of U.S. agents.

Castro and Torres Small will lead at least four House members and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to Alamogordo, N.M., where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died of illness on Christmas Eve. The delegation includes Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who plans to investigate the matter as part of his immigration oversight agenda. Castro has been a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump’s border wall, accusing the administration of seeking money from Congress while neglecting humanitarian provisions for migrants.

The delegation seeks to review records related to the boy’s death and to speak with the border patrol agents who were with him, though a meeting has not yet been scheduled, according to a senior congressional aide. Castro, the chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, asked Homeland Security on Dec. 27 to preserve “any and all evidence” related to that incident and the death of another migrant child last month.

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