• First, Border Patrol is conducting secondary medical checks on all children in CBP care and custody, with a focus on children under age 10.
• Third, CBP is considering options for medical assistance with other governmental partners, the agency said. That could include support from the Coast Guard as well as possibly more aid from the Defense Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Finally, CBP is reviewing its policies, with a focus on the care and custody of children under 10 — both at intake and beyond 24 hours in custody, the agency said.
The CBP chief called the young boy’s death “a tragic loss.”
“On behalf of US Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family,” McAleenan said.
On Tuesday, Castro called for a congressional investigation of the death.
“While the CBP notified Congress within 24 hours as mandated by law, we must ensure that we treat migrants and asylum-seekers with human dignity and provide the necessary medical care to anyone in the custody of the United States government,” the congressman said in the statement.
Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry in a statement Tuesday also asked for an investigation and access to the boy’s medical records.
The ministry said it will provide assistance and consular protection to the father and assume responsibility for the repatriation of the boy’s remains.