December 26 Morning Rush: 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody

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1. The Guatemalan consulate in Phoenix is ramping up their investigation into the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant boy who died in Border Patrol custody on Christmas day. Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro has identified the eight-year-old boy as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. Alonzo-Gomez died yesterday morning at an Alamogordo hospital. The Border Patrol released a statement confirming his death. The boy and his father were detained earlier this month, but the boy didn’t become sick until Christmas Eve. Border Patrol agents then took him to a hospital in Alamogordo, where he was diagnosed with a common cold. But hours later, he was *back in the hospital suffering from nausea and vomiting. Alonzo-Gomez’s death comes just weeks after 7-year-old Jakelin Caal passed away from a similar sickness.

Full story: 8-year-old immigrant boy dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody at Alamogordo hospital


2. As state lawmakers prepare to meet at the Roundhouse next month, one piece of pre-filed legislation waiting on their desks will be a bill looking to expand the definition of a hate crime.
New Mexico’s current hate crimes act covers attacks based on age, color, religion and a long list of other characteristics but Democratic representative Patricia Roybal Caballero of Albuquerque has pre-filed a bill to expand it to cover acts on the homeless and those who are economically disadvantaged.

Full story: Attacks on homeless could be listed as a hate crime in new bill


3. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in place through the day for the Sangre de Cristos and the San Juans where at least six inches will fall.

Full story: Christopher’s Wednesday Morning Snow Forecast


4. Governor-elect Michelle Lujan-Grisham is scheduled to announce more appointments to her cabinet at one p-m today. So far, she has already named Jackie White for Secretary of the Homeland Security Department and Emergency Management, Alice Liu McCoy as Secretary of Aging and Long-term Services and former representative Bill McCamley as Secretary of Workforce Solutions. All appointees must be confirmed by the state senate.

Full story: Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham to announce additional Cabinet appointments


5. In an update following UNM’s promotional video released in November, The Albuquerque journal states the State of  Mind promo has gained more than 20,000 total social media views.
The video features several departments, students, and several aerial shots of the main campus
University administrators hope the rebranding effort will attract new students while motivating current ones to continue their studies at UNM.

Full story: UNM promotional video gains traction online


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