Earlier this month, a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, tragically died while being held by U.S. Border Patrol. As always, when something that can be construed to fit their narrative occurs, the liberal run media began playing the blame game. However, according to TheBlaze, the family of the deceased little girl is now disputing the mainstream media’s account of their loved one’s death.
Since the young child’s untimely demise, leftists have been blaming immigration officials and U.S. Border Patrol. This is nothing new. These individuals have constantly been cast in a negative light since Donald Trump took office. The Daily Caller reported on the inappropriateness of a Washington Post’s headline about the story.
The headline, which read “7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion” and was written by Nick Miroff and John Wagner, appeared to put the responsibility for the child’s death squarely on the shoulders of U.S. Border Patrol officers. The two reporters inquired of a White House spokesman if the Trump administration is “taking any responsibility for the girl’s death.” The spokesman aptly answered, “Does the administration take responsibility for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country? No.”
Accuracy in Media called out several news outlets for their biased reporting of the story. In an article about the event, Amanda Covarrubias of liberal NBC News said, “Her death raised questions about how well authorities are prepared to deal with such emergencies and provided fuel for critics of the Trump administration’s tough posture toward migrants crossing the border illegally.” In her closing, Covarrubias stated the child and her father “were trying to ‘escape from the dangerous situation in their home country.’”
Salon’s Matthew Rosen reported on comments Jason Chaffitz made while he was substituting for Sean Hannity on Fox News. Chaffitz remarked the girl’s death “should serve as a warning to other parents thinking of illegally crossing the border.” The Salon writer then provided another network’s coverage of how talking about immigration issues should be accomplished. He stated, “By contrast, CNN’s Chris Cuomo responded to the news of Maquin’s death on his Friday program by urging common sense immigration reforms that don’t demonize either side.”
Interestingly, none of these reports mentioned the comments the migrant girl’s father made in which he said he has “no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter.” In addition, the father also allegedly said “agents did everything they possibly could” to assist her.
Twenty-nine-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz hasn’t directly spoken to the media. In addition to Spanish, the young girl’s father primarily speaks an indigenous Guatemalan. However, his attorneys stated he is “grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin’s life in New Mexico and Texas.”
Despite the girl’s father’s gratitude, her family has been railroaded into calling for an investigation into their daughter’s death. The family’s lawyers said they want a probe 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.”
When apprehended by U.S. officials, Cuz signed a form attesting his daughter was in good health. But, the form was written in English, which is a language the girl’s father neither reads nor writes. His lawyers have taken exception with this issue. In a statement, they remarked, “It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand.”
Maquin died in a Texas hospital on December 8. Her death came two days after she and her father were detained by immigration authorities. The hospital where she died says the girl likely died of sepsis shock, not dehydration as most leftwing media outlets have claimed. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an existing infection somewhere in the body that can lead to rapid organ failure and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last month, U.S. officials used tear gas when caravan migrants tried to enter the country illegally. In another example of the mainstream media running amuck, Trump was immediately excoriated for the action. Not surprisingly, President Barack H. Obama didn’t receive the same treatment when the officials operating under his administration utilized the same substance around once a month against incoming migrants. According to LifeZette, data from the Department of Homeland Security, DHS, reveals that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CPB, deployed tear gas on these individuals since 2010. In 2012, tear gas was utilized 26 times. It was used 27 times in 2013.