Two Dead Children in CBP Custody Is Two Too Many

Twice in the month of December, we've seen young children in Border Patrol custody die. First was 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, and second was 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. As Rep. Pramila Jayapal described it, Felipe's death is "deplorable."

With Democrats taking back the gavel in the House next week, the possibility for real oversight and accountability of Border Patrol and ICE exists for the first time in years, and not a moment too soon. A disturbing report from Human Rights Watch, published last June, describes how many migrants have died due to neglect and poor care while being held in custody:

"In all but one of the 15 deaths we analyzed for this report, our experts found evidence of subpar and dangerous practices including unreasonable delays, poor practitioner and nursing care, and botched emergency response. "

https://www.hrw.org/report/2018/06/20/code-red/fatal-consequences-dangerously-substandard-medical-care-immigration

Today's Action: Call your three Members of Congress and demand action

Call your Representative:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

"Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I want to thank the Congresswoman for calling out the death of the migrant child Felipe Alonzo-Gomez as 'deplorable,' and I hope that she fights for oversight of Border Patrol and justice for Felipe and Jakelin."

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to ask that Representative Smith condemn the unnecessary, preventable deaths of migrants in the custody of Border Patrol, and that he fights for oversight of Border Patrol and justice for Felipe and Jakelin in the new session starting next week.”

Call Both Senators

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to ask the Senator to condemn the unnecessary, preventable deaths of migrants in the custody of Border Patrol, and that he fights for oversight of Border Patrol and justice for Felipe and Jakelin in the new session starting next week.”