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December 26, 2018

Thompson Statement on Another Death of a Child in Our Government’s Care

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.  This is the second death this month of a child in the federal government’s care at the border:

“While the Department of Homeland Security is scrambling to adhere to the Trump Administration’s unilateral, radical changes to our immigration system, another young child has died while in our government's care.  It's clear that the Trump Administration's fly-by-night mass detention policies and changes to the asylum process are not working.  The welfare of children in our care must be a top priority.  Next year, under a House Democratic Majority, Congress will look for real solutions to these problems, which have been made worse by the Administration's choices.”

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