Customs and Border Protection, which had custody of the boy and his father, announced the child’s death Tuesday around midday.
UPDATED 12/27/18 1:00 PM PST
The 8-year-old boy apparently fell ill Monday and died in a New Mexico hospital Tuesday, early on Christmas morning.
His name was Felipe Gómez Alonso, and was reportedly of Guatemalan origin. The government has been notified of his passing.
The Trump administration has announced that all asylum seekers attempting to enter the country through the southern border will be kept in Mexico while their claim is processed.
The policy will apply to all asylum seekers regardless of whether Mexico is their country of origin or not.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen indicated that part of the reasoning behind the policy has to do with the Flores settlement, which prevents the U.S. government from detaining children for an extended period of time.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing that nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in 2017.
To break that out for you, that’s an average of more than 100 shooting deaths per day, a 20-year high.
According to the CDC, 60% of those deaths were suicides.
The president told U.S. troops to treat the rocks thrown by migrants like rifles and gave the troops permission to “fight back.”
The terrifying rhetoric comes only one day after the president announced he would send as many as 15,000 U.S. troops to the border to fend off the approaching group of migrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.
The so-called caravan primarily consists of women and children seeking relief from violence, poverty, and hunger in Central America.
The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.
The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.
It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.
The administration is reportedly planning to send some 5,000 troops to block the approaching group of migrants.
Original estimates saw roughly 800 troops being sent to the border, but the president’s inflammatory rhetoric has stirred up hysteria surrounding the asylum seekers and refugees making their way through Mexico.
Many of the individuals in the so-called caravan are from Honduras, a country the United States helped to destabilize in 2009.
The caravan of central American migrants is approaching the United States-Mexico border, its numbers having swelled to at least 7,000.
The president’s response thus far has been to threaten to withdraw aid from Honduras, to call for the declaration of a national emergency, and to threaten to send the military to the border to keep the caravan from entering the United States.
He has also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” have taken up with the caravan in an effort to enter the country.
A caravan of some 1,600 Honduran migrants is approaching the U.S. through Guatemala in search of asylum and legal immigration.
The migrants gathered in the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras on Saturday and passed into Guatemala on Monday in spite of the government’s attempts to dissuade them from making the journey.
President Trump has threatened to cut aid to Honduras if the caravan does not turn back and has already floated the idea of reinstating the infamous Zero Tolerance Policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as White House advisor Stephen Miller advocates for harsher consequences for those who cross the border.
The family of Claudia Patrícia Gómez González, the woman executed by Border Patrol last week, is demanding justice for the 20-year-old indigenous Guatemalan woman.
In a Facebook Live video that has since gone viral, a woman can be heard yelling at Border Patrol agents who had just shot another woman in the head, killing her instantly.
The victim has since been identified as indigenous Guatemalan citizen Claudia Patrícia Gómez González.
The incident took place in Rio Bravo, Texas, just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.