The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is responsible for border immigration, has been accused of negligence and is responsible for the death of girls. However, not only did they refuse to take responsibility, they did not even take the initiative to disclose the news of their death, but only after the media exposure, they passively admitted the matter.
A 7-year-old girl lives and dies for 8 hours
Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old girl from Colombia, arrived at the border with her father and 161 other immigrants around 21 p.m. on December 6. On the way to immigration, Jacqueline had no food at all. When she arrived at the American border, she was not only weak, but also had a high fever of 41 degrees.
They were greeted by the Department of Homeland Securitys only four local staff. Instead of simply and brutally arresting the immigrants, American personnel handed out food and drinking water to the refugees and then relocated them further.
However, in the next eight hours, Jacquelines condition did not receive the attention of the American staff, or even her biological father, and did not receive timely treatment. Maybe nobody thought that Jacqueline had only 27 hours to live from the moment she set foot on the American border.
After almost all night, at about 5 a.m. the next morning, Jacqueline and his father finally got on the bus arranged by the US side and were sent to the United States for resettlement. In the car, his father told the American staff that Jacqueline was ill. Jacqueline was then taken to a large local childrens hospital for treatment, but the rescue was ineffective, and she died 15 hours later. Her causes of death included water shortage, shock and liver failure.
The United States refuses to take responsibility
Some critics believe that the United States Department of Homeland Security is responsible for Jacquelines death because of its negligence. From Jacquelines encounter with American personnel to her bus, she dragged her sick body under the control of American personnel and waited for eight hours, but the American personnel did not know about it, let alone to treat and intervene, so that the tragedy happened.
The U.S. government does not think so. Officials of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) refused to take responsibility for Jacquelines death. The U.S. government claims that the health screening of the refugees did not detect Jacquelines illness, and Jacquelines father did not inform the United States.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the U.S. government was not responsible for Jacquelines death. A parent with a child traveled a long way across Mexico to the United States, he said. Does the U.S. government have to be responsible for them? No.
If we can unite and pass some common-sense laws to prevent those immigrants from crossing the border to the United States and encourage them to immigrate to the United States through the right and legal channels, those who die, attack, rape, abduct and sell children and trafficking in human beings will disappear.
Passive Recognition after Media Exposure
It is worth mentioning that after Jacquelines death, the Department of Homeland Security conducted an internal investigation, but did not disclose the matter. The Department of Homeland Security did not passively admit that it had happened until the news of his death came to light in the media.
Three days after Jacquelines death, Kevin McAllinan, Director of Customs and Border Protection, told the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee that the frontier inspection department was short of manpower and equipment, and that facing a large number of immigrants, it was too weak to ask for additional medical and social workers to support it.
McAllinan did not mention Jacquelines death until two days later, when the Washington Post exposed the incident, the Homeland Security Agency passively admitted that it had happened.
Statistics from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency show that 281 displaced people died on the U.S. -Mexico border in fiscal year 2018. The figure was 298 in 2017 and 471 in 2012. The U.S. government has also been widely criticized for the human rights crisis of border immigrants.
Several senior Democrats in the United States called for an investigation into Jacquelines death, demanded a reflection on the immigration policy of the United States Government, and stressed the protection of the lives of immigrants.