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-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.) attended President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 TlaibAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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 NielsenHouse Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump 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 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.