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-CortezChuck Todd: Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp remarks do border detainees 'tremendous disservice' Chuck Todd: Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp remarks do border detainees 'tremendous disservice' GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House MORE (D-N.Y.) attended President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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 TlaibGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record 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.

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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 NielsenElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House 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.