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Jakelin Caal Maquin Bio: Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin (2011–December 8, 2018) was a 7-year-old girl from Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala who died from dehydration, shock and liver failure while in the custody of the United States Border Patrol, after having illegally entered the country with her father, Nery Caal. The death sparked controversy, with some blaming the immigration policies of the Trump Administration, and others blaming her family and arguing that the death was a hazard of illegal immigration.
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Caal and her father, 29-year-old Nery Caal, came from the indigenous community of Raxruha, a Q’eqchi’ region of Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala. In December, 2018, they entered the U.S. from Mexico, outside of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Initial reports stated that Jakelin Caal Maquin had been without food or water for the last several days of the journey, but her family disputes that claim. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement indicating that DHS personnel conducted an initial screening when the Jakelin Caal Maquin was taken into custody, and that ” initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues”. Caal was among a large group of immigrants who turned themselves in to authorities upon reaching the New Mexico border on December 6,2018. They were placed on a bus, and her father indicated that she was feverish and vomiting. No medical attention was provided until they arrived at a border patrol facility ninety minutes later. Eight hours after being taken into custody, Caal began to experience seizures, and her body temperature spiked to 105.7 degrees. She was then airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where she died the following day.
Caal’s body was transported by plane from Laredo, Texas, to Guatemala on Sunday, December 23, 2018, there to be returned to Raxruha
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The death drew responses from high profile figures, with Hillary Clinton tweeting:
- There are no words to capture the horror of a seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin dying of dehydration in U.S. custody. What’s happening at our borders is a humanitarian crisis.
Other politicians and celebrities addressed the death from various positions, some arguing that it was the fault of the Jakelin Caal Maquin‘s family for taking her on the arduous journey from Guatemala to the United States, and others arguing that the immigration policies of the Trump Administration contributed to the death. A letter from five members of Congress requested that the acting inspector general of DHS investigate the death, stating:
- Due to the seriousness of this tragedy and the many questions that remain, we request you initiate an investigation into this incident as well as CBP policies or practices that may have contributed to the child’s death.
The letter was signed by Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Joaquín Castro, Pramila Jayapal, and Lucille Roybal-Allard.
Congressman Beto O’Rourke said, “we are causing suffering and in the case of Jakelin Caal Maquin, seven years old, we are causing death”.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated that the death was “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey”, and that “this family chose to cross illegally”. White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley denied that the Trump Administration had any responsibility “for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country”.
On December 15, 2018, NPR journalist Scott Simon opened on a story on the death by saying, “I do not doubt that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents did all they could to try to save the life of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, who died in the custody of the United States.” Journalist Jon Schwarz from The Intercept responded with a string of replies criticizing Simon on Twitter.
In El Paso, Texas, protesters demanded that the death is investigated.
The death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy, Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, in U.S. custody on December 25, 2018, was immediately compared to Caal’s death.
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