‘Don’t make this journey, it will kill you’: Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz on death of 7-year old girl in CBP Custody

Jason Chaffetz

United States is witnessing a large-scale migration attempt through its Southern border with Mexico as people in Central America flee violence, in search of better opportunities in the “land of the free”.

In a blatant and insensitive attempt to influence public opinion against immigrants entering the United States through Mexico, former Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz said that the demise of a 7-year-old migrant girl in Border Patrol custody should serve as a warning to other migrants. He further added that making such an attempt could prove to be fatal.

Invited as a guest host for Fox News’ “Hannity”, Jason Chaffetz said: “The sad reality is we have a 7-year-old girl who has died, and she should have never, ever made that journey, and that should be the message, don’t make this journey, it will kill you.”

The Federal administration announced last week that the 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin had passed away from dehydration and shock after undertaking a treacherous journey through the Mexican desert along with her father, as a group of 163 immigrants surrendered themselves at a Border Patrol Detention Centre. She was reported to have not consumed food or water for over several days. This has raised serious questions over detention facilities available for migrants.

Jason Chaffetz further advanced his argument by saying: “Frankly I think the message should be ‘no, stay there, stay in your own country of origin. Go to the embassy. Apply for the 90 different visas.’”

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said on Friday that it would lead a delegation on Dec. 18 to Lordsburg Station in Lordsburg, New Mexico – the detention center where Jakelin Caal Maquin was taken to by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Department of Homeland Security spokesman said: “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to stop this tragedy from occurring, Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child’s life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of any child.”

Earlier in the week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, had said that the girl’s death was a “very sad example of the dangers of this journey.”

The stigma surrounding immigrants is clearly manifested in the views and opinions of Congressmen and federal officials alike as they attempt to downplay the gravity of the situation and use the incident to serve as a warning to distressed immigrants, attempting to cross-over in search for a better life.


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