Fact-checking Democratic candidates on the issues on the 2nd night of debate

Here’s ABC News’ fact check of the second of two Democratic presidential debates in Detroit between Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Jay Inslee and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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FACT CHECK | Gillibrand: “President Trump, under his administration, seven children died in his custody.”

Gillibrand is correct that seven children have died after having been recently in U.S. custody. It’s a point she also raised during the first Democratic debate in Miami. Most of them died after experiencing flu-like symptoms and being held at centers that immigration advocates have said were too crowded. One of those children, however, died from a congenital heart defect and her death was not tied to her care.

  • Mariee Juárez died last year after having spent time in ICE custody, but had been released.
  • A 10-year-old died last fall after being in HHS custody, but due to a severe congenital heart defect.
  • 16-year-old migrant boy dies after being in US custody for a week.
  • A 2-year-old died in May after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
  • Another 16-year-old died in April after experiencing symptoms resembling the flu.
  • Last December, a 7-year-old girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, and 8-year-old boy, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, both died of bacterial complications in separate incidents.
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a Dec. 26 statement following the two children’s deaths that “it has been more than a decade since CBP has had a child pass away in their custody.” U.S. Border Patrol is a part of CBP, which is an agency within DHS.

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