Ex-GOP Lawmaker Blames 7-Year-Old Immigrant For Her Own Death, Says She Should Not Have Come To The US
Former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) said that the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl in federal custody should be a message to all migrants not to come to the United States because the journey “will kill you.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Chaffetz decided to share no sympathy for the death of the young migrant and instead chose to spread his racist agenda by blaming the migrant for her own death.
“The sad reality is we have a 7-year-old girl who has died, and she should have never, ever made that journey,” Chaffetz said. “And that should be the message, don’t make this journey, it will kill you, and that should be the message.”
The Trump administration announced Thursday that the girl, identified as Jakelin Caal Maquin, had died from dehydration and shock while in U.S. custody.
“Frankly I think the message should be ‘no, stay there, stay in your own country of origin. Go to the embassy. Apply for the 90 different visas,’ ” Chaffetz said on Fox News.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to stop this tragedy from occurring,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. “Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child’s life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of any child.”
Take a look at Chaffetz comments in the video clip below:
Jason Chaffetz, speaking about Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7 year old girl who died in the custody of US Border Patrol: "That should be the message, don't make this journey, it will kill you." pic.twitter.com/qXNsAWFyBE
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