You may recall the sad deaths of two Central American children, Javelin Caal and Felipe Alonzo, who entered the country illegally with parents but then died in the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol from illness.
At the time, the facts indicated that the children had come into the country ill and that there was no fault of the Border Patrol in their deaths.
But that didn’t stop Democratic lawmakers from using the children’s deaths to attack the CBP and ICE, calling their holding areas/centers “concentration camps” and demanding that the agencies be defunded.
Here are Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wearing pins of little seven year old Jakelin at last year’s State of the Union in February as they blamed Trump and the CBP for her death.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 6, 2019
Of course if one defunded the agencies as these lawmakers demanded, you would have even fewer facilities and abilities to help or provide care for migrant children who enter illegally with their parents or guardians. But that seems to have gone right over their heads because it doesn’t serve the ultimate goal of eliminating the agencies and having open borders.
Not to mention how completely unfair to smear the name of the CBP when the facts available indicated that they were not at fault.
Now, the official DHS investigation by its internal watchdog has been completed.
From Fox News:
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal watchdog said Friday it found no wrongdoing or malfeasance by immigration officials in connection with the deaths of two migrant children from Guatemala while in U.S. Border Patrol custody last December.
The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the deaths of 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo were caused by infections — not from any misconduct rendered by officials at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jakelin and her father were apprehended in Antelope Wells, N.M., on Dec. 6, 2018. The state medical examiner’s autopsy found that she died of “natural causes due to sequelae [a diseased condition] of Streptococcal sepsis,” according to the OIG.
Felipe and his father were apprehended near El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 18, 2018. He died six days later from sepsis caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, according to the state medical examiner, the OIG found.
Jakelin became violently ill within hours of being found by the CBP and was flown to a hospital but died. Her father said at the time he did not think there had been any improper behavior by the CBP.
Felipe was also found to be ill shortly after he and his father were found. He was taken to the hospital and prescribed medicine and released back to the Border patrol. But his condition worsened and he was taken back to the hospital where he died.
Since their deaths, the Border Patrol has increased their medical checks at the border, according to Fox.
But the number of people being apprehended and thus people in custody has dropped significantly for the last several months since President Donald Trump’s deal with Mexico and other immigration policies have been employed. That’s an enormous success dealing with the crisis the U.S. faced. That’s doing more to help kids from being brought on the dangerous journey than anything done by the Democrats.