After a second illegal immigrant child died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) late on Christmas Eve, comedian Kathy Griffin wasted no time in blaming President Donald Trump and the GOP for the heartbreaking news.
“God forgive us for this horrific tragedy,” the liberal entertainer tweeted on Christmas Day.
“The GOP and Trump must be reminded that they are directly responsible for this,” she added.
She made no acknowledgment, of course, of the role the child’s father may or may not have played in embarking on a dangerous journey with a young child toward the United States.
(And keep in mind, this is the same comedian who saw nothing wrong with depicting the fake severed head of the president in a photo stunt that went bad.)
Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who was identified by the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, died at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Tuesday night, Fox News reported.
His cause of death has not been determined.
Kevin K. McAleenan, the CBP commissioner said, called the child’s passing a “tragic loss,” as CNN noted.
“On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family,” he said in a public statement.
The child and his father, Agustin Gomez, entered the United States on December 18 near El Paso, Texas, the outlet said.
They were then taken to Border Patrol’s Alamogordo station last week.
The boy was diagnosed with a “common cold” on Monday after an agent noticed the boy might be ill — and brought the boy and his father to the medical center.
Young Alonzo had a fever of 103 degrees before leaving the hospital and was discharged with prescriptions for amoxicillin — an antibiotic — as well as ibuprofen.
Around 7 p.m., the child’s father “declined further medical assistance” after the boy vomited.
A few hours later, CBP said it took the boy back to the hospital when the child “appeared lethargic and nauseous again,” the Associated Press reported.
The child died at the hospital just before midnight.
Despite no availability of information on the cause of the child’s death, Kathy Griffin, a comedian who routinely makes headlines with her over-the-top criticism of the Trump administration, took to Twitter to assign responsibility to the president and to the GOP.
God forgive us for this horrific tragedy. The GOP and Trump must be reminded that they are directly responsible for this https://t.co/KyfGZNET6J
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 25 December 2018
In a second post, she called the president a “piece of s*** criminal” and said she hoped he would “have a terrible Christmas.”
In a statement, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, blamed the administration’s policy of “metering” — limiting the number of people processed daily at ports of entry — for “putting families and children in great danger.”
Castro encouraged Congress to investigate and to “press the Department of Homeland Security until we get answers to all our questions” when they resume session.
Castro added that the number of children who have died in CBP custody are among “many questions [that] remain unanswered.”
In the wake of the child’s death, CBP ordered medical checks on every young person in its custody, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The father-son pair had traveled from their home in the village of Nenton in Guatemala with an intended destination of Johnson City, Tennessee, per Fox News’ reporting on a telephone interview with Gomez conducted by the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix.
Gomez remains in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
.@HispanicCaucus Chair Elect @JoaquinCastrotx: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez last night in @CBP custody and offer my condolences to his family.” Full statement here: https://t.co/e0GWKQgPTJ pic.twitter.com/uRUFl9AuWa
— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) 25 December 2018
Statement from @JoaquinCastrotx on the death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, the 8 yr old who died last night in CBP custody.
“Many questions remain unanswered, including how many children have died in CBP custody.” pic.twitter.com/h6GyhhXziz
— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) 25 December 2018