Dec 25, 2018

Guatemalan boy dies in U.S. custody

A boy from a group of Central American migrants runs near border wall. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in U.S. government custody shortly after midnight on Christmas, U.S. immigration authorities say, per the AP.

Why it matters: He’s the second immigrant child to die while in detention just this month. The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died of dehydration and shock, has drawn international attention and grief.

What happened: The boy was diagnosed with a cold and fever and given prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen at a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico. After being discharged, he began experiencing nausea and vomiting. He died shortly after returning to the hospital. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The big picture: A UN watchdog has called for an investigation into the circumstances behind the first immigrant child's death.

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.