Felipe Alonzo-Gomez and his father trekked across the Mexican desert to cross the border near El Paso, Texas. There is no fence or wall in that sector of the border, thus creating an attractive nuisance. Six days later, just hours after being diagnosed, treated & released from a medical center* in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the little Guatemalan died.
Earlier on that day Felipe and his father had been taken to the medical center* where Felipe was diagnosed with a cold and fever. He was given prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen before his release.
Around 11pm the same day Felipe was released from the hospital, a Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) agent noticed that Felipe was vomiting, so an ambulance was called for a return trip to the hospital. He died en route.
The cause of the boy’s death has not been determined, pending an autopsy. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and the Guatemalan government were notified.
HOURS BEFORE HER DEATH, JAKELIN’S FATHER CLAIMED SHE WAS HEALTHY
December 7th, just hours after she was detained by CBP, Jakelin Caal Maquin, a Guatemalan, died of dehydration. Jakelin, age 7, and her father were among 163 migrants who turned themselves in to the Border Patrol in a remote area of desert in New Mexico, shortly after the group crossed into the US.
CBP Officials told reporters that the group of migrants were initially held at a remote Border Patrol base. There, officials said, they were checked for health problems, given water and had access to bathrooms. Jakelin’s father signed a form saying she did not have any health problems.
Around 5 am, while the detainees were being bused to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, N.M. (three hours from where the group was initially apprehended) father reported that little Jakelin was vomiting.
Internal investigators at the Department of Homeland Security are looking into whether Border Patrol agents followed proper procedures during the brief time Jakelin was in their custody. Our Open Border’s Attractive Nuisance encouraged her father to drag her through the desert to her death.
DEATHS IN CBP CUSTODY ARE RARE
According to the Department of Homeland Security, these two deaths in December are the first in over 10 years. However, deaths in the Mexican and US deserts are quite common. Border agents and volunteers (who are looking for bodies) find an average of 380 bodies per year on the US side.
With the booming economy, America is dealing with greater numbers of Central Americans who are willing to risk their lives to get here. They are often recruited by coyotes and Open Borders advocates who tell them, if you have a child with you, you can stay in the United States.
Coyotes treat them like they are less than human, often locking them in small confined containers. To avoid detection, coyotes sometimes abandon their “cargo” in the desert.
AN OPEN BORDER IS AN
In most areas across the nation, Americans are not allowed to build a swimming pool on their own property WITHOUT BUILDING A FENCE AROUND IT. Why? Because a swimming pool is considered an “attractive nuisance” that is dangerous.
Swimming pools attract trespassers who want to enjoy a swim. Adults know better than to use someone else’s swimming pool, but children do not. Indeed, the great majority of pool drowning victims are children. Thus, the need for a fence around the swimming pool.
Open borders are an attractive nuisance that encourages impoverished people from south of the border to risk their lives to get into the United States of America.
CHILDREN ARE BEING USED & ABUSED
The United States needs to build a wall to protect those who are attracted by open borders in the desert, and to protect Americans. President Trump recently entered into an agreement with Mexico that should cut down on deaths in the desert. The Wall will save lives, especially the lives of children who are being used to get into America.
Diane L. Gruber
*Department of Homeland Security provides access to medical care for each person, young or old, caught crossing the border illegally. When apprehended they are asked questions about the status of their health, and provided the appropriate medical care. American taxpayers pay for ALL services needed by those who are caught and detained after illegally crossing into the US. Taxpayers also provide for transportation and funeral arrangements for the body of anyone who dies while they are in CBP’s care. Little Felipe and little Jakelin were the first such deaths in over 10 years.