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US bordermen do not speak to legislators about the girl's death

(Reuters) – US border patrol men who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who later died in federal custody do not speak with American legislators investigating her death, said the US Department of Home Insurance on Monday with quoted union membership. A picture of Jakelin, a 7-year-old girl who died in the United States custody after Mexico's unlawful accident to the United States, is being seized in a protest for claiming justice in El Paso, Texas, USA on December 1 6, 2018 REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez / Filfoto Members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday are planning to visit the New Mexico patrol station where Jakelin Caal and her father were taken on December 7 to learn more about why she died the next day. CAL's death drove criticism of President Donald Trump's immigration policy from Democrats and immigrants advocating. Secretary of Home Security (DHS), Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said it showed the dangers of her trip and family decision to illegally cross the border. US. Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who heads the Spanish kaucus, said that legislators needed to see how border police stations were equipped to protect immigrants health and safety. The teams want to question agents who were present when Caal became ill. DHS said that the majority of agents involved in the detention of the girl were union members and as such did not include their duties to speak with congressmen. Art Del Cueto, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, said it recommended…

(Reuters) – US border patrol men who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who later died in federal custody do not speak with American legislators investigating her death, said the US Department of Home Insurance on Monday with quoted union membership.

A picture of Jakelin, a 7-year-old girl who died in the United States custody after Mexico’s unlawful accident to the United States, is being seized in a protest for claiming justice in El Paso, Texas, USA on December 1

6, 2018 REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez / Filfoto

Members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday are planning to visit the New Mexico patrol station where Jakelin Caal and her father were taken on December 7 to learn more about why she died the next day.

CAL’s death drove criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy from Democrats and immigrants advocating.

Secretary of Home Security (DHS), Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said it showed the dangers of her trip and family decision to illegally cross the border.

US. Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who heads the Spanish kaucus, said that legislators needed to see how border police stations were equipped to protect immigrants health and safety. The teams want to question agents who were present when Caal became ill.

DHS said that the majority of agents involved in the detention of the girl were union members and as such did not include their duties to speak with congressmen.

Art Del Cueto, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, said it recommended them not to talk to anyone outside DHS about the incident until the agency completed its investigation.

DHS said that visiting legislators could speak with the Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and border police chiefs.

“While DHS respects the congressional role of monitoring, it is important to let the review process take place without policy,” said DHS spokesman Katie Waldman in a statement.

Agents involved in the event will participate in the DHS inspector’s general investigation of Caal’s death, says DHS.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Caal and her father crossed a remote border in a group of 163 immigrants and were arrested by Border Patrol. They waited eight hours to be transported to the nearest border police station. Upon arriving at the Lordsburg, New Mexico station, Caal found high fever. She died 8 dec at an El Paso, Texas hospital after being diagnosed with liver failure, according to CBP.

Lawyers for the family released a statement on Saturday and demanded a “transparent and neutral” investigation of her death. The family disputed a statement from CBP officials to Washington Post that Jakelin had not eaten or had water for several days.

Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing Bill Tarrant and Lisa Shumaker

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