According to the family of the 8 year old Guatemalan boy who died, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, his father tried to cross with him illegally into the United States because he thought having a child with him increased his opportunity of getting into the United States.
From NY Post:
“We heard rumors that they could pass (into the United States). They said they could pass with the children,” said Catarina Gomez Lucas, the 21-year-old stepsister of dead youngster Felipe Gomez Alonzo.
The boy died Monday at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and fever while in Customs and Border Protection custody, authorities said. An autopsy later showed he had the flu, but his exact cause of death has not been determined.
After the rumors spread through their poor farming village of Yalambojoch, his dad, Agustin Gomez, decided to seize “the opportunity” to give his young son a better life and to repay his mounting debts, Gomez Lucas told news outlets.
And there is this belief because of the present laws and the catch and release policy that the Trump administration has been trying to change.
This is why they are bringing kids and why the kids are being put at risk of the dangerous illegal entry.
If you incentivize the action, you’re going to get more of it.
His mother claims Felipe wasn’t sick when they started the trip.
“He wasn’t sick on the way; he wasn’t sick here,” said his mother, Catarina Alonzo Perez, 31, who spoke with her son the day before they arrived at the US border.
The father and son were apprehended and detained in the US by Border Patrol about 3 miles from a port of of entry in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 18, according to Customs and Border Protection.
He fell sick six days later and was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever and prescribed amoxicillin and ibuprofen. He was released that afternoon but returned later the same day with nausea and vomiting and died there just after midnight, CBP said.
While they’ve diagnosed that the child had the flu, they’re still looking at the exact cause of death.
The Border Patrol has also called in the CDC to check their system and to look at the migrant centers across the border in Mexico to see if they can determine why there is an increasing number of migrants coming into the country with illness.
The family is hoping that the father will be able to stay and work to pay off the debt and raise money for the rest of the family.