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    Legisladores resaltan la necesidad de implementar más mecanismos para proteger a los menores

    Por: AP

    La muerte de dos niños guatemaltecos en poco más de dos semanas generó fuertes dudas acerca de la capacidad de las autoridades fronterizas estadounidenses para cuidar a miles de menores migrantes que intentan ingresar a Estados Unidos con sus familias.

    Un niño de ocho años identificado como Felipe Gómez Alonzo por las autoridades guatemaltecas murió en Nochebuenamientras estaba bajo custodia de las autoridades migratorias de Estados Unidos en un hospital de Nuevo México tras sufrir tos, vómitos y fiebre. Se están investigando las posibles causas, al igual que el fallecimiento de otra menor guatemalteca, Jakelin Caal, de siete años, el 8 de diciembre.

    í hay un verdadero fracaso que todos necesitamos atender”, dijo la representante electa Veronica Escobar, elegida el mes pasado para representar a El Paso en el Congreso. “Necesitamos saber cuántos Jakelines y Felipes más ha habido”.

    Felipe estuvo detenido por las autoridades fronterizas estadounidenses durante una semana, y fue trasladado de una instalación a otra junto con su padre, señalaron las autoridades. El último lugar en el que el niño estuvo detenido -después de la primera de dos visitas al hospital el día que murió- fue un retén en una carretera en Nuevo México.

    Según sus propias normas, la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés) no debe detener a la gente más de 72 horas antes de entregarla a otras agencias gubernamentales responsables de las detenciones a largo plazo.

    Las instalaciones de la CBP suelen ser espartanas, con alimentos, agua y mantas, pero frecuentemente sin profesionales médicos, profesores o algunos de los otros recursos que ofrecen los centros de detención a largo plazo.

    En forma similar, Jakelin fue retenida primero con su padre en una pequeña oficina en un área rural de Nuevo México sin agua corriente, según los demócratas que la visitaron tras el fallecimiento de la niña.

    El sistema del gobierno federal para detener a los migrantes que cruzan ilegalmente enfrenta una intensa sobrecarga de trabajo. Las autoridades no indicaron cuántos niños tiene detenidos la CBP en este momento, pero Estados Unidos está registrando un agudo incremento en la llegada de familias con menores.

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown was widely expected to continue after Congress reconvenes on Thursday, with lawmakers split over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in taxpayer funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

      The Senate and the House of Representatives were set to meet at 4 p.m. EST on the sixth day of the shutdown and resume debating ways to end it. That will include Senate consideration of a measure already approved by the Republican-controlled House that meets Trump’s wall-funding demand.

      For that bill to move forward in the 100-seat Senate, it would need 60 votes. Republicans have only 51 seats, so they will need to try to persuade some Democrats to back the measure.

      But Democrats largely oppose Trump’s proposed wall, which he had initially said would financed by Mexico. They have offered support for $1.3 billion in general border security funding. It was not clear if some compromise could be struck between that offer and Trump’s demand.

      Over the weekend, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said the White House had made a counter-offer to Democrats on border security. Media reports said Vice President Mike Pence had proposed $2.1 billion in funding.

      Last week Trump said his administration was prepared for a lengthy shutdown.

      After weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the U.S. government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies.

      Most of the federal government, which directly employs almost 4 million people, is unaffected. The Defense, Energy, Labor and other departments are funded through Sept. 30.

      Even agencies that are affected never totally close, with workers deemed “essential” still performing their duties.

      “Non-essential” federal workers at unfunded agencies are on furlough and staying home. Both they and essential employees will not get paychecks after December until the shutdown ends.

      “We continue to believe that it is unlikely that Congress will come up with a deal to end the current partial shutdown until well into January,” financial firm Height Securities said in a commentary note on Wednesday.

      The 435-seat House was set to reopen on Thursday but on Jan. 3, the 2017-18 Congress will be replaced by the 2019-20 Congress and control of the House will switch to the Democrats from the Republicans. At that time, Representative Nancy Pelosi is expected to take over as House speaker.

      She has vowed swift action to fully reopen the government. Barring some sort of deal in the interim, House Democrats expect to vote on a funding bill on Jan. 3, a Democratic aide said.

      In the new Congress, Senate Republicans will increase their number of seats to 53 but still will need Democratic support to pass any legislation requiring a 60-vote majority.

      Details of the upcoming House bill were unclear but it was unlikely to include wall funding, like an earlier Senate measure. If such a bill were to pass the House and again win support in the Senate, it would then go to Trump.

      At that point, he could face a politically difficult choice – back down on his full wall-funding demand or veto the bill and single-handedly extend the partial shutdown.

      If he chose the latter, putting his personal stamp on the shutdown, Congress might then move to override his veto, but that would take a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House, a challenging hurdle for lawmakers.

      Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh and David Morgan; Editing by Richard Chang and Bill Trott

       

        A traders works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

        (Reuters) – U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding nearly half of its more than 1,000 point gain notched in the previous session after data showed consumer confidence in December fell to its lowest level since July.

        At 10:31 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 508.11 points, or 2.22 percent, at 22,370.34, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 52.86 points, or 2.14 percent, at 2,414.84 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 155.05 points, or 2.37 percent, at 6,399.31.

        Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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