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The Family Of 7-Year-Old Jakelin Caal Maquin Is Disputing The Official Account Of Her Death

As President Donald Trump continues to put in his bid for the border wall, which includes threatening to shut down the government if he isn’t given millions to build it, another immigration crisis rests on his shoulders. The death of several undocumented immigrants have been reported recently, all of which have occurred either during immigration detention or that were recently released. Take, for example, an autopsy report that showed Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, a 33-year-old undocumented transgender woman, was physically abused while in ICE custody less than 24 hours before dying at the hospital. Then there’s the tragic case of an undocumented baby who died soon after being released from immigration detention. The baby’s mother is now suing the government for $60 million.

The latest is the heart-wrenching story of a 7-year-old.

On Dec. 6, Jakelin Caal Maquin, a child traveling with her father attempting to get asylum, died just hours after being detained by border patrol in New Mexico.

The original report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claimed that Jakelin had died from dehydration and shock, and also alleged that she hadn’t had any food or water. Jakelin’s father, however, Nery Gilberto Caal Cruz, is saying that allegation is simply not true.

In a statement released by Ruben Garcia, the director of the shelter Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, where Nery is currently being housed, said that Jakelin had been taken care of by her father and had been eating and drinking water. He also said that Jakelin had not been traveling for days as the CBP claims.

The Department of Homeland Security also alleges that they have a video of Nery denying that anything was wrong with him or his daughter. “The initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues,” the DHS statement said, according to NBC News. Nery fought back against those claims because, as he says, he and his family are indigenous and do not speak English but rather Q’eqchi’. Nery and his daughter traveled from their hometown of Raxruhá in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala.

CNN is reporting that Providence Hospital, where Jakelin passed away, died as a result of sepsis shock, which occurs when “extreme reaction to an infection in the body” causes life-threatening complications.” “Sepsis occurs when the immune system turns on itself and causes widespread inflammation,” states.

Jakelin began showing symptoms of being sick as soon as they boarded a bus meant to take them to the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg.

Nery informed agents and they, in turn, told officials in Lordsburg that the girl would need medical attention once they arrived. Once they did, Jakelin’s conditioned worsened, and she stopped breathing. Border Patrol EMT attempted to revive her twice. She was then airlifted to a hospital in El Paso where she ultimately succumbed to her symptoms.

The family is still awaiting the El Paso County medical examiner to determine the cause of death. Nery also stated that he is “grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin’s life in New Mexico and Texas.”

The family is requesting a thorough investigation into the death of Jakelin as is the Hispanic Caucus.

Rep. Joaquin Castro and a group of Latino Democratic lawmakers announced that they are leading a delegation to Lordsburg Station in New Mexico to “investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Jakelin.”

One of the reasons why the public didn’t find out about the death Jakelin until days later is because Kevin McAleenan, the head of CBP, didn’t bring it up to the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to ABC News, McAleenan didn’t mention her death in his testimony because he didn’t want to “risk politicizing the death of a child.”

Click here for more information on how you can demand a congressional investigation into the death of Jakelin.

READ: 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Migrant Jakelin Caal Dies In Border Patrol Custody

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School


A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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