SHAMELESSNESS RUNS WILD IN REPORT OF A 7 YEAR-OLD GIRL’S DEATH
A 7 year-old girl is dead and those who are trying to use her death to score cheap political points should be ashamed of themselves.
The girl’s name was Jakelin Caal and her senseless death is a tragedy.
However, politicians, pundits, and celebrities who have been making false claims to try to pin this on Border Patrol, DHS, and of course, President Trump, have done a despicable disservice not only to all of those they are grossly smearing, but also Jakelin’s memory and the horror of her death.
Here are the facts:
Within a few hours of being taken into custody, Jakelin was having seizures and had a 105 degree fever. She was brought into a remote area and as soon as they got her into an area with medical personnel, they gave her immediate care and airlifted her to a hospital. Jakelin’s father signed a form saying she was in good health when they were first brought in. Nobody knew she was sick until she began to throw up on the bus. There was no way Border Patrol could have known anything was wrong.
If you don’t believe me, here is CNN’s Jake Tapper:
Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua tells CNN’s @edlavaCNN he met extensively with the father of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin Friday night in El Paso. Paniagua says the father of Jakelin has ‘no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter.’ The consul says the father told him that agents did everything they possibly could to help the girl on the bus. The father, per the consul, confirmed the DHS timeline that Jakelin did not show any signs of distress until about 5am when they were placed on the bus to ride from the border checkpoint to the border patrol station 95 miles away.
It could not be more crystal clear that Jakelin died as a result of the journey — where she did not eat or drink for days — and not because of anything done by Border Patrol agents.
You can like or dislike Border Patrol, DHS, President Trump, or anybody else, but this death is not on their hands in any way.
You can blame Jaelin’s father for taking her on such a dangerous journey or say that he had no choice because of what was happening in Guatemala.
Whether or not you find him responsible is up to you.
But whether or not anybody in our government is responsible is not a matter of debate.
The answer is no.
As a man with three daughters myself, I wept for this girl and continue to feel incredible sadness at what happened to her.
But the last thing I am looking to do is make things worse by blaming people who not only had no responsibility for Jakelin’s death, but actively did everything they could to prevent it from happening.
This should not be a partisan issue, but sadly, it has become one, because that is the way everything seems to go these days.
It is a sad trend and a destructive one.
I hope it ends soon, but I am not holding my breath.
So for now, I will do the only thing I really can: Say a prayer for little Jakelin and hope that she is in a better place.