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Migrant children deaths spark heated US debate

‘LOOK AT THE LIES’:Representative Nanette Barragan said the separation of families and other policies have fostered the notion that what is happening is intentional

AP, WASHINGTON

On Monday, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant died after being held for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits.

A two-year-old child died last week after he and his mother were detained by border patrol agents. The agency said it took the child to the hospital the same day the mother reported he was sick and he was hospitalized for several weeks.

Another teenager died on April 30 after officials at a detention facility noticed that he was sick.

Two small children, ages seven and eight, died in December last year in separate incidents. Following those deaths, homeland security ordered medical checks of all children in its custody and expanded medical screenings.

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