U.S. Border Patrol brokers who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant lady who later died in federal custody won’t converse with U.S. lawmakers investigating her dying, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety mentioned on Monday, citing their union membership.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday plan to go to the New Mexico patrol station the place Jakelin Caal and her father had been taken on Dec. 7 to be taught extra about why she died the following day.
Caal’s dying fueled criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies from Democrats and migrant advocates.
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Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen mentioned it confirmed the hazards of her journey and the household’s choice to cross the border illegally.
U.S. Consultant Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who leads the Hispanic Caucus, mentioned lawmakers wanted to see how Border Patrol stations had been outfitted to guard the well being and security of migrants. The lawmakers need to query brokers who had been current when Caal grew to become sick.
DHS mentioned the vast majority of brokers concerned within the lady’s detention had been union members and, as such, their duties didn’t embody chatting with members of Congress.
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Artwork Del Cueto, a spokesman for the brokers’ union, the Nationwide Border Patrol Council, mentioned it suggested them to not converse to anybody outdoors DHS concerning the incident till the company completes its investigation.
The DHS mentioned visiting lawmakers would be capable of converse with the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) and Border Patrol leaders.
“Whereas DHS respects the oversight position of Congress, it is very important permit the assessment course of to happen unimpeded by politics,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman mentioned in a press release.
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Brokers concerned within the incident will take part within the DHS inspector common’s investigation of Caal’s dying, DHS mentioned.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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Caal and her father crossed a distant stretch of border in a gaggle of 163 immigrants and had been apprehended by Border Patrol. They waited eight hours to be transported to the closest Border Patrol station. On arrival on the Lordsburg, New Mexico station, Caal was discovered to have a excessive fever. She died Dec. eight in an El Paso, Texas hospital after being identified with liver failure, in accordance with CBP.
Attorneys for the household launched a press release on Saturday calling for “a clear and impartial” investigation into her dying. The household disputed a press release made by CBP officers to the Washington Publish that Jakelin had not eaten or had water in a number of days.