A migrant girl’s death is being used to put the blame on border patrol agents despite the child’s father claiming they were not at fault.
The seven-year-old girl was detained with a group of migrants, but two days later, she passed away allegedly due not eating or drinking for multiple days.
Many took to social media to immediately blame U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for the death:
Horrifying. She should never have been put in a detention center. She never should have been neglected once taken into custody. Her death is on this administration’s hands.
Just that this is why we can’t stop resisting. This is why we have to march.https://t.co/oaPr467zO1
— Women's March (@womensmarch) December 14, 2018
Shame on our country and shame on Donald Trump.
A 7 year old girl was taken into custody by US Border Patrol and died of "dehydration and shock."
These aren't thugs & criminals. They are people desperate for safe harbor.
This is a grave sin.https://t.co/g52Ypzn0e8
— Shaun King (@shaunking) December 14, 2018
This little girl deserved so much better. Don’t ever give into dehumanizing rhetoric about caravans and immigrants. This is where that leads. Every child has a dignity that must be cherished. https://t.co/BFE6cEGTOE
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 14, 2018
Wow, it's almost as if people used a girl's death for viral tweets instead of waiting for all of the facts. pic.twitter.com/7R3hyDS0N8
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) December 15, 2018
According to CNN’s Ana Cabrera, the Guatemalan government spoke with the girl’s father, and he claimed he did not believe border patrol agents did anything wrong.
“Despite the outrage following the 7-year-old’s death, the Guatemalan counsel tells CNN her father has no complaints with how U.S. agents treated them,” Cabrera said.
However, the family also released a statement calling for a thorough investigation into the tragedy:
“The death of a child is the most painful experience that a parent or family can endure. Jakelin just five days past her seventh birthday was a beautiful and loving child. Jakelin and her father came to the United States seeking something that thousands have been seeking for years. An escape from the dangerous situation in their home country. This was their right under U.S. and international law. ..The family is seeking an objective and thorough investigation and are asking that investigators will access this incident with nationally recognized standards for the custody of children.”
According to The Washington Post’s report, the girl was flown to a hospital as soon as she started going into cardiac arrest, where the doctors worked for hours to try to revive her but were unsuccessful.