Ocasio-Cortez wears pin of Guatemalan child who died in US custody to State of the Union

Ocasio-Cortez wears pin of Guatemalan child who died in US custody to State of the Union
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (D-N.Y.) attended President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s State of the Union address on Tuesday wearing a pin displaying the 7-year-old migrant girl who died while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.

Ocasio-Cortez was seen wearing a photograph of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a young Guatemalan girl who died shortly after she was detained along with other migrants who illegally crossed the southern border. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic colleagues Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (Minn.) also wore the button.

Officials say Caal died of dehydration and shock after she was apprehended with her father and more than 160 other migrants on Dec. 5 near a Border Patrol outpost in a remote area of New Mexico called Antelope Wells.


She was initially screened that night by Border Patrol agents. Her initial screening revealed no immediate medical concerns, and her father signed a form stating she had no ongoing sickness, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said.

Officials said that the girl began having seizures eight hours after being detained, and was treated 90 minutes after showing symptoms.

Caal was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where doctors determined she'd had no food or water for days. She died shortly after. 

DHS insisted that it was not to blame for the child’s death, with Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official MORE calling it “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.”

Another child, 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died later in the month while in CBP custody. 

The deaths have become a flashpoint in the ongoing fight over border security, which Trump made a centerpiece of his Tuesday speech.

The female lawmakers were also dressed in all-white, a nod to the suffragette movement, as a sign of solidarity with women across the country.