Last week, the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maqui, in U.S. custody along the southern border shocked and horrified the world. This week, we are asking members of Congress to support an independent and rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and to identify reforms to CBP needed to prevent any mistreatment and separation of families. #justiceforjakelin
Last week, I was horrified to hear that a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maqui, had died of dehydration, shock, and liver failure while in U.S. custody. Migrants claiming asylum on the southern border have often made long, hard journeys and as a physician, I hope that Customs and Border Protection is properly equipped and staffed to provide care to people weakened by their travel. Severe dehydration is a medical emergency that must be addressed immediately. Jakelin’s death is a tragedy and I urge Representative _________ to support investigations into how this heartbreaking situation happened and identify reforms needed to prevent mistreatment and separation of families.