Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Migrant Children Deaths

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans on holding a hearing on the two migrant children who died in U.S. custody last year.

The Hill reports that SJC’s chairman, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, stated on Thursday that the hearing is likely to be held next month.

Graham did not say who would be testifying before the panel.

“That’s going to be set, I think, for March 5,” Graham said.

The deaths of the two children last year sparked outrage, with Democrats pledging to investigate them.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in late December announced that Felipe Gómez Alonzo, an 8-year old Guatemalan boy, had died in its custody after being hospitalized in New Mexico with flu-like symptoms, high fever, and vomiting.

A 7-year-old girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, also died after she was detained along with other migrants who illegally crossed the southern border.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan at the time called the deaths “absolutely devastating.”

“It’s been over a decade since we’ve had a child die anywhere in our processes,” McAleenan told ABC’s “This Week.”

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