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    Migrant girl's relatives dispute official story on her death

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    The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had not been given food or water for days.

    In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared to be in good health as she traveled through Mexico with her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz. The family added that Jakelin had not been traveling through the desert for days before she was taken into custody.

    Tekandi Paniagua, the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas, told The Associated Press that he spoke with the Jakelin's father. The consul said Nery Caal told him the group they were traveling with was dropped off in Mexico about a 90-minute walk from the border.

    Border Patrol officials did not immediately respond to the family's comments.

    The family's statement was released Saturday during a news conference in El Paso, Texas, at an immigrant shelter where Jakelin's father is staying. Her family did not attend and has asked for privacy.

    Jakelin and her father were seeking asylum in the U.S. and were among a large group of migrants arrested Dec. 6 near a remote border crossing in New Mexico. Hours later they were placed on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station, but Jakelin began vomiting and eventually stopped breathing. She later died at a Texas hospital.

    Border Patrol officials on Friday said agents did everything they could to save the girl but that she had not had food or water for days. They added that an initial screening showed no evidence of health problems, and that her father had signed a form indicating she was in good health.

    But the family took issue with that form, which was in English, a language her father doesn't speak or read. He communicated with border agents in Spanish but he primarily speaks the Mayan Q'eqchi' language.

    "It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand," the statement said.

    Jakelin's family is urging authorities to conduct an "objective and thorough" investigation into the death and to determine whether officials met standards for the arrest and custody of children.

    A cause of death has not yet been released. A private prayer service was held in Texas on Friday so her father could see Jakelin's body before it is taken to Guatemala, said Ruben Garcia, director of the Annunciation House shelter where her father is staying.

    "All of us were moved by the depth of his faith and his trust that God's hand is in all of this," Garcia said.

    Family members in Guatemala said Caal decided to migrate with his favorite child to earn money he could send back home. Jakelin's mother and three siblings remained in San Antonio Secortez, a village of about 420 inhabitants.

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    Family members in Guatemala said Caal decided to migrate with his favorite child to earn money he could send back home. Jakelin's mother and three siblings remained in San Antonio Secortez, a village of about 420 inhabitants.
    The father should be prosecuted for contributing to the death of his child. If this isn't a clear case of child abuse, I don't know what is!
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    If an American citizen did this to their child, child neglect, no food or water...that parent would be in JAIL right now.

    Not be given an attorney to file a lawsuit and be REWARDED for causing the death of their child.

    That girl had a fever, was travelling with hundreds of SICK people who have diseases. You do not die of dehydration within 8 hours. She was already sick!

    She travelled 2,000 miles through filthy towns with no bed, no shelter, no medical care and no nutritious foods, let alone clean water.

    HER father is 100% responsible for this.

    They were offered asylum and jobs in Mexico. They refused, they illegally entered Mexico and they illegally entered the USA.



    BUILD THAT WALL

    TURN THEM ALL AWAY

    RETURN THEIR UAC'S WITHIN 48 HOURS...STOP THIS HUMAN TRAFFICKING NOW!

    THEY ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS, THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE...WE ARE NOT THE DUMPING GROUND FOR THE WORLD

    NO LAWSUIT...NOT ONE DIME.

    SEND HIM AND HIS DAUGHTER BACK WHERE HE CAN BURY HER WITH NO CHANCE TO EVER COME BACK.

    HE IS A CRIMINAL AND THERE WERE 30 OTHER UAC'S WITH HIM. SEND THEM BACK!!!

    SEEKING A "JOB" TO EARN MONEY IS NOT ASYLUM...GO HOME AND STAY HOME!

    THEIR PRESIDENT IS 100% FOR HIS CITIZENS...NOT THE USA OR IT'S TAXPAYERS
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    According to the news last night, the father has said that Border Patrol did nothing wrong and treated them both well. So these "relatives" must be other illegal aliens already in the United States and don't know what happened or anything about it. They just see dollar signs. I'll see if there's an article out on what the father said. If I find it, I'll post it here.
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    Keep them out in the first place. They are all lying breeding scumbags.

    They have no morals, no education, full of diseases, stop dumping these people in our country.

    Their President is responsible for them!
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    Father of Guatemalan girl who died in US custody has 'no complaints' about her treatment, consul says

    By Ed Lavandera and Ralph Ellis, CNN
    Updated 8:41 PM ET, Sat December 15, 2018

    (CNN)The father of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after being detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said he has "no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter," Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN on Saturday.

    The consul said the father, Nery Gilberto Caal, told him agents did everything they possibly could to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a a bus. The bus traveled from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 90 minutes away.

    She died December 8 in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, authorities said. The cause of death has not been determined.

    Caal did not speak to the media Saturday, but in a statement issued by his lawyers, he said he was "grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin's life in New Mexico and Texas."

    Still, his lawyers called for an investigation that "will assess this incident within nationally recognized standards for the arrest and custody of children. The family intends to assist in such an investigation into the cause and circumstances of Jakelin's death."

    The lawyers, Enrique Moreno and Elena Esparza, also criticized border authorities for asking Caal to sign a form written in English about the state of his daughter's health not long after they arrived at the border, when she showed no problems.
    But he speaks no English, the lawyers said. He speaks Q'eqchi', a Mayan language used in Guatemala, and Spanish is his second language.

    "It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand," the statement said.

    Jakelin had sufficient food and water, lawyers say

    The lawyers clarified reports attributed to Homeland Security that Jakelin had "not eaten or had any water for several days" while crossing the desert before the border patrol took her into custody.

    "Jakelin's father took care of Jakelin -- made sure she was fed and had sufficient water," the statement said. "She had not suffered from a lack of water or food prior to approaching the border."

    The father has been staying at Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants in El Paso, since December 9, said Ruben Garcia, the Annunciation House director, at a news conference.

    Jakelin's body was embalmed in El Paso and is on its way back to her village in rural Guatemala for burial, Garcia said. Friday afternoon, a prayer service was held and Caal "was able to spend time with her," he said. But he will not be able to leave to attend her funeral.

    Garcia said he could not comment on Caal's legal status. The lawyers did not appear at the news conference.
    Journey from Guatemala

    The father and daughter lived with Jakelin's mother, Claudia Maquin, and three other children in the remote Mayan Q'eqchi' community of Raxruhá in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala.

    Because of extreme poverty, Caal headed to the United States, taking Jakelin with him and leaving the rest of the family behind, Garcia said. The father and daughter traveled about a week before reaching the New Mexico border with a group of migrants the night of December 6 -- three days after her 7th birthday.

    Nearly eight hours after they were detained, Jakelin and her father were loaded onto a bus bound for the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, the CBP said.

    Before leaving, her father told agents his daughter was sick and vomiting, the CBP said. An agent notified the station that the child would need emergency medical care.

    When the bus arrived at the Lordsburg station at about 6:30 a.m., the father told agents the child was not breathing, according to CBP.

    A Border Patrol EMT "revived the child twice," the agency said. She had a temperature of 105.7 degrees. Local EMTs also provided care before she was transported at 7:45 a.m. by air ambulance to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso.
    At 11 a.m. on December 7, officials at the Lordsburg station were notified the girl had again been revived after going into cardiac arrest, the CBP said. A CT scan revealed brain swelling. She was breathing by machine and diagnosed with liver failure.
    Jakelin died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday, the CBP said. Her father was there.

    The medical examiner has not said why Jakelin died.

    "The El Paso County Officer of the Medical Examiner's office -- which conducted Jakelin's autopsy -- has made no public statement regarding her cause of death," the lawyers said in their statement. "In fact, neither the medical examiner nor Providence Children's Hospital have released records to Jakelin's father. We would ask that the media and federal agencies cease further speculation about her cause of death until these documents are released to Jakelin's family. Premature and inaccurate statements undermine the integrity of the investigation."

    'Their lives are beyond impossible'

    Speaking to reporters, Garcia said Caal reiterated that his daughter was fed and given water throughout the journey.
    "The father told us, 'My daughter was eating. My daughter was receiving liquids and she was fine,'" Garcia said. "He's been very clear and consistent that his daughter was healthy and wanted to come with him."

    Garcia said the father and daughter were not part of the well-publicized migrant caravan that traveled to the US border. They traveled by bus most of the way, he said.

    When asked what he'd say to people who criticize the father for endangering his child, Garcia said the family lived in extreme poverty.

    "Their lives are beyond impossible. None of us in the United States can imagine," he said.

    CNN's Nicole Chavez, Ray Sanchez and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/15/us/gu...her/index.html
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    I think DHS spokesman jumped the gun on the assumption that they had been traveling for days in the desert, that turned out not to be right.
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    They live in "extreme poverty" but have no problem breeding 4 mouths to feed. Is his wife pregnant with number FIVE???

    Their overbreeding in poverty is not our problem or our responsibility. They do this to themselves.

    Get on birth control, it is cheap there, or keep your pants zipped for FREE. The USA is not responsible for YOUR reproductive choices.

    Their 12 years old's end up pregnant and the cycle continues.

    Did they all have food and water on them? I doubt it. They are coached liars and know exactly what they are doing.

    Where did she sleep and eat over the last 2,000 miles...the Holiday Inn? They sleep in the streets with hundreds of disease infected sick people with no toilets. They cross rivers with parasites.

    There were 30 other UAC's...did our Border Patrol kill them all too. What a crock! Send those 30 UAC's back now!

    Keep these people out and return them to Mexico. Mexico let them in and Mexico can have them back!
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    She had a fever of 106, brain swelling and liver failure. Doesn't sound like dehydration to me. Dehydration causes kidney failure, not liver, right? Maybe she had some type of liver disease, that will cause brain swelling and fever.
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    They bring them here sick...then blame us for it.



    KEEP THEM ALL OUT

    THEIR PRESIDENT NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF THEM...WHERE IS HIS "HEART"???

    NO ASLYUM

    GET OUT AND GET IN LINE LIKE 2 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THAT "DREAM" OF COMING HERE!
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