US Senator calls for rigorous investigation of the death of a girl in custody
US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a "rigorous" internal investigation into the case of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maqui, the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody.
"I ask you to conduct a thorough investigation and publish the results as quickly as possible," Warren claimed in a letter to the DHS Inspector General, who conducts the internal investigations.
"The death of this girl," he continued, "in the custody of the CBP (Office of Customs and Border Protection) is deeply worrying and points to significant problems with the Trump Administration's policies on children detained at the border and on the implementation of these. policies. "
Last Friday, DHS undertook to review the case and send a report with its conclusions to Congress.
Also, the democratic representative Adriano Espaillat questioned the conditions of the facilities of the CBP after visiting those to which the minor was taken.
"The women and children I visited at the facility were sleeping on the ground in inhuman conditions and very crowded, nobody deserves this," said Espaillat.
On the other hand, the Coalition of Rights for Humane Immigrants (CHIRLA) issued a statement on the occasion of International Immigrant Day in which it supported this group globally in the defense of suitable conditions and criticized the Government in the case of Jakelin.
According to CBP, the girl and her father were part of a group of 163 migrants who were detained at 9:15 pm local time on December 6 near Antelope Wells, in the state of New Mexico and in the middle of the desert.
They were taken by bus to another center 150 kilometers away and located in Lordsburg, New Mexico, according to the officials' account.
When the delegation arrived there, the father warned that his daughter had been vomiting and not breathing, so she was immediately transferred with a fever of 41 degrees by helicopter to a children's hospital in El Paso (Texas), where she arrived with a cardiac arrest. .
At the health center they managed to revive her, but she died hours later.
Despite the Government's explanations, there are still many questions about the more than seven hours that have passed since the girl was arrested until she began to suffer symptoms; CBP officials blamed the father and claimed that he had "many opportunities" to warn of his daughter's health condition.