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White House Says it's Not Liable for Death of Migrant Girl at Border

Should there be an investigation into the girl's death?

by Axios | Updated on 12.14.18

A White House official said the Trump administration is not responsible for the "horrific tragic" death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died last week from dehydration and shock while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Washington Post reports.

What to watch: An internal investigation at the Department of Homeland Security aims to see if border patrol agents followed correct protocol while the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, was in their custody. Officials said Friday this group of migrants that were held at a remote Border Patrol base were checked for health problems, given water and had access to bathroom facilities.

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  • OlderNWiser
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    It is unconscionable that a little girl died in custody in the United States where care is notoriously lacking in the state of Arizona. The xenophobia, racism, and scapegoating of immigrants relies on dehumanizing our fellow human beings so profoundly that children are taken to be the enemy. The Caravan was politicized as an invading horde when, in reality, they were merely families trying to find a safe haven. What has happened to the United States that we are no longer a safe haven, but are comfortable with needless deaths of human beings – adult and child? We are better than this and must welcome refugees again for a vibrant working economy for all and to reclaim our moral authority. Letting human beings die is not okay.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    The selfish, ignorant, and foolish parents must be charged with extreme child abuse, extreme neglect and at a minimum manslaughter if not outright murder of this child. Walking literally days in the Southwest desert without food and water? And when the daughter was clearly ill waited more than eight hours to contact authorities. The US Border Patrol did the best they could in a hopeless situation in an effort to save an innocent life.

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  • Barb
    12/15/2018
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    Of course fake potus took no responsibility for the child’s death. Has he EVER taken responsibility for anything?

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  • Judy
    Voted Maybe
    12/15/2018
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    Little girls are dying. No my idea of a decent policy. I don’t care if she was “breaking the law”. Another 9 year old said she was certain she would die in her homeland, and wanted to at least try to live, even if she were killed for it.

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  • J. scott
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    An investigation should be just a matter of course starting immediately with the Department’s IG and rising from there. Of course the White House denies responsibility — they claim anything that goes well and dump anything else on someone or something else. No surprise there.

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  • Miles
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    The father waited 8 hours to alert authorities. They made their child trek through the desert with them & didn’t have enough food & water. It’s 100% their fault. Border patrol can’t be held responsible to give non-citizens medical care, if so that would be coming from our taxes which would be absurd. Investigation ended.

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  • Leon
    Voted Maybe
    12/15/2018
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    The UN, Mexico, and US need to get the situation under control.

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  • David
    12/16/2018
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    Not liable? Someone, a child, dies and the response is “not liable”? What is this?

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    Unfortunately, those at the border, including ICE, Border Patrol and the military have been instructed by #45 to treat the asylum seekers as sub-humans. If there was an once of responsible leadership, #45 would accept the blame for the death of this poor child. However, there is no doubt that #45 and his administration are immoral, cruel, liars, well, the list goes on and on. The death of this young child is on your head #45!

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  • Karan
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    She died from dehydration. That was because her parents forced her to walk thousands of miles. Not because of Birder Patrol

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  • Jaclyn
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    We can prevent these tragedies. Families need viable options to escape violence and poverty.

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  • Eurynome
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    Investigate the funding of the caravan and the charities that took their lives and lied to them. The father is ultimately responsible for his child not any government.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    The parents are responsible for their actions not any government officials. Sad story but is a consequence of trying to illegally immigrate.

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  • JTJ
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    Close the border, end asylum. It’s the common sense solution to prevent these idiots from killing their children.

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  • Robert
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    Save your investigations into this. The father of the girl is at fault. He brought his daughter with him on a long journey as they attempted to enter the country illegally. The father did not care for the daughter and did not look out for her welfare or safety. The father did not speak up while in custody to get his daughter the proper medical aid until it was too late. Democrats need to fix illegal immigration. This girls death is on Democrats for their inability to help solve illegal immigration. Own it. Democrats don’t want border security as their leaders have shown. Democrats are willing to shut the government down instead of work towards a solution. Resisting is not legislating.

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  • Robert j.
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    Asylum seekers require decent treatment and medical care when needed. This was a screwup and requires an inquiry to place the blame.

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  • Leigh
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    The death of this child is absolutely blood on the hands of this administration. SHAME ON EACH ONE OF THEM.

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    Yes investigation is needed into this little girl ‘s death while she was in custody of USA border officials.

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  • 12yanogden
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    A little water was too much trouble, but taking the effort to arrest and imprison them was okay. Shame on you.

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  • Susan
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    FFS have we lost ALL humanity under this administration?

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  • Michelle
    Voted Yes
    12/15/2018
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    And press charge against the White House resident and his enablers.

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted No
    12/15/2018
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    The parents put their children in danger by trekking 1000 miles to cross our border illegally. If anyone is to blame, it’s the fascist liberal democrats. They are encouraging these caravans and illegal migrants to come here. They won’t make our immigration laws stronger, so blame that wretch Pelosi and that idiot Schumer on the migrants death and for these caravans.

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