Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), a top Democratic presidential candidate, criticized the Trump administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a Christmas day tweet over the “cruel treatment” of migrants.
Warren referenced in her tweet the death of Felipe Gómez Alonzo, an 8-year-old migrant who died on Christmas Eve last year.
“This Christmas, I’m heartsick for all of the families who won’t be celebrating together today because of the Trump administration’s cruel treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers,” Warren tweeted.
A CBP spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) internal watchdog cleared immigration officials of any misconduct or wrongdoing related to Felipe’s death in a statement released last week.
Felipe crossed the border with his father and was later taken to a hospital in Alamogordo, N.M., with a cold. He was found to have a fever of 103 degrees, but he was released from the hospital at 3 p.m. Felipe began vomiting later and died around midnight.
Warren and other Democrats have been criticizing the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies for months.
On Monday, Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Oversight chairwoman self-quarantining over possible COVID-19 infection Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to ‘bully’ him over investigations Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asked the Department of Homeland Security for documents related to deaths on the southern border.
In her letter to DHS, Maloney referenced the death in May of Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old from Guatemala who died after being held for six days by CBP.
She argued the holding of Vasquez violated CBP’s own standards. Detainees are supposed to be held in the facility where Vasquez was held for no more than 72 hours.