ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A year after two children died in Border Patrol custody, a group of doctors is calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow them to provide free flu shots for detained migrants to help prevent other deaths.
Influenza claimed the life of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo last year while he was in Border Patrol custody in Alamogordo on Christmas Eve.
Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, became deathly ill in early December last year after crossing the border with her father and a group of Central Americans in Antelope Wells. She later died in an El Paso hospital of a bacterial infection, according to the medical examiner.
The call for improved medical attention for migrants in custody to curtail the spread of contagious illnesses comes as peak flu season begins.