When I first read about the death of the 7-year-old migrant girl I read that she died from dehydration. Everyone was blaming the government for letting her die. I thought at the time – It’s clear the child was dehydrated before being taken into custody. Her father signed a paper that she didn’t have any medical issues. That left me wondering if he was paying attention or not. Dragging children out into the desert without preparation is a terrible idea. This father did not have to do it. In America, when a parent leaves their child in a hot car, they go to jail. “The ACLU blamed “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP” for the girl’s death.”
I think, given what we do know about the situation, that statement is utter hogwash at best. This child could not look after itself on the trek through the desert. It was the job of her parents to do that and they didn’t. Her medical issues may have manifested symptoms when she was in custody but we can be certain symptoms were also missed by her parents as well. If there wasn’t water and they knew that, they should have asked. If there was water and they didn’t give it to her then they should not be given asylum. Was their child safer in Guatemala or in the desert?
Those were my initial thoughts on this. More information has been made available.
The poor little girl it seems, didn’t die from dehydration as was previously thought but rather from sepsis. The father didn’t speak English at all and it turns out that Spanish was a second language for him. His native language was basically the Mayan language (Q’eqchi). So certainly there could have been some miscommunication about the state of her health. “Tekandi Paniagua, the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas, told The Associates Press that he had spoken with the girl’s father who said he had no complaints about how they were treated. ‘When I spoke to the father he actually said he was very grateful for the effort of both the Border Patrol agents that assisted his daughter at the station as well as the medical staff at the hospital,’ he said on Saturday. ”
Of course this is a tragedy and I’m sure her parents loved her very much. I do not think this was the fault of the US Government. As much as I like to blame them for things this isn’t one I can honestly say was their fault. Was it the parent’s fault? We hate to lay blame on parents when they have a child die. Even when a parent leaves a child in a hot car and the child dies we tend to have some sympathy for the parent and their loss. Even if it was the parent’s fault we understand that fact only adds to their grief. Along the way from Guatemala to the US they were offered help. But Mexico wasn’t where they wanted to be. The US was where they wanted to be so they kept on moving. “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.”
Part of me wants to say people should either stay put or move slowly to the US a town at a time like nomads moving with the seasons. But they want here and they want here sooner than later. The other part of me wants to use my open hand to slap anyone in the face who dares to say that America isn’t great. If people are going to die coming here. If they are going to lose their children coming here, then they deserve to come to a place that is great and that those already here appreciate and have gratitude for.
Jakelin Caal died on December 8 in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, in the early hours of the morning after she and her father crossed the border and were arrested by border patrol officers.