Father of Dead Guatemalan Boy Heard Rumors They Could Cross

It appears Felipe Gomez Alonzo got sick after U.S. Border Patrol authorities moved him from El Paso, Texas, to Alamogordo, New Mexico, because of overcrowding.

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland, the boy’s stepsister told The Associated Press. Felipe Gomez Alonzo died Monday at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and fever, authorities said. It was the second…

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