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

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attended President Trump’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 Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (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.

{mosads}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 Nielsen 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. 

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Department of Homeland Security Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Kirstjen Nielsen Rashida Tlaib State of the Union
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