Trump Administration Is Now Trying To Stop Dems From Investigating Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant
The Department of Homeland Security told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Monday that they are not and will not be permitted to interview Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents who were involved in detaining the young migrant girl who died after being taken into federal custody.
The Trump administration received backlash after Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, died while under the supervision of CBP.
According to BuzzFeed News, Lawmakers in the caucus are scheduled to visit a remote station where Maquin was treated for her illness but they won’t be able to ask any questions.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who was very frustrated with the DHS, said that if they are not allowed to speak with the agents on Tuesday then they could expect to be called before Congress after Democrats are back in the majority next month.
DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement to The Hill that while the agency “respects the oversight role of Congress, it is important to allow the review process to occur unimpeded by politics.”
“Additionally, the majority of the Border Patrol Agents involved are bargaining unit members as such CBP cannot force any of the bargaining unit members to speak with members of Congress,” Waldman said. “The Department’s Office of Inspector General… is the appropriate entity responsible for carrying out an independent investigation into this matter. All agents involved will be made available to participate in the ongoing DHS Office of Inspector General investigation into this incident.”