Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested a migrant child in U.S. custody died because of the Trump administration’s “cruel treatment of immigrants,” but her tweet came days after an internal investigation found no wrongdoing.
Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, posted a tweet on Christmas Day about Felipe Gómez Alonzo, an 8-year-old Guatemalan child who passed away from a bacterial infection days after entering into Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. However, her tweet came days after the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined that no staff misconduct led to his passing.
“The investigation found no misconduct or malfeasance by DHS personnel,” the official statement from the DHS watchdog read.
It’s not immediately clear if Warren was aware of the OIG report before issuing her tweet. The statement, nevertheless, was the latest of the senator’s longstanding criticism of the administration’s immigration agenda. The Massachusetts lawmaker touts one of the most progressive immigration platforms of all the Democratic presidential candidates.
Warren has promised to stop all deportations should she become president.