Immigration

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is a Sickening Creature

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Washington Post first reported yesterday evening that a 7-year-old girl died of dehydration and shock while in the custody of immigration authorities. The girl was reportedly in federal custody for many hours before she received any medical attention and she died the next day.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared on Fucks & Friends this morning where she essentially blamed the girl's death on her family's choice to travel here.

The girl, identified as Jackeline Caal, from Guatemala arrived with her father in a group of 163 migrants at the U.S. border in New Mexico on Dec. 6. She reportedly began having seizures after she was detained and had a temperature of more than 105 degrees. Officials said Caal had “not eaten or consumed water for several days.” She died about 24 hours after she was taken, by helicopter, to a hospital in El Paso where Caal died of dehydration and shock. [...]

When Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Nielsen about the incident, the secretary called the situation “heart-wrenching,” but then noted that Caal’s death is “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.”

This family chose to cross illegally,” she continued. “What happened here was they were about 90 miles away from where we could process them. They were in such a large crowd that it took our Border Patrol folks a couple of times to get them all.”

According to the Associated Press, the girl and her father along with over 160 other people did, in fact, illegally cross the border, but they voluntarily turned themselves in to border patrol agents. The girl was reportedly in custody for over 8 hours before she received attention and, according to an official statement, Border Patrol says she had not eaten or had anything to drink for days.

To even engage in this debate feels like feeding a troll, but blaming the girl's death on their choice to cross the border illegally is a flat refusal to take responsibility for her death or the policies that led to her death.

A recent report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security stated that the decision to tightly restrict and place quotas at legal points of entry where a record number of asylum claims are being denied has actually led to an increase in illegal border crossings.

This girl and the group she traveled with may have crossed illegally in any case, but the Trump regime and Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have made it as difficult as possible to cross legally. Immigrants who've approached legal points of entry have spent days and weeks waiting to apply for asylum and about 65 percent of them are being denied after their long wait. The Trump regime is denying applications at twice the rate the Obama administration did.

Once taken into custody by federal authorities, children become the responsibility of the government and in this case the government failed wildly.

  • muselet

    As I said over at This Daily Banter, the entire Trump administration is made up of monsters.

    –alopecia

  • ozdog

    of course, i’m seeing right-wingers across the internet repeating those talking points about how it was her family’s fault.

  • katanahamon

    Well, America is now in the business of murdering children.

  • One has to ask the question, how long are these people being neglected once they are in Border Patrol custody? Since we KNOW the journey is long and dangerous, that many of these people are very poor and have been on foot for weeks in what can be very rough terrain, with very few supplies the FIRST thing that should have been done is to check the immigrants over. When someone goes to jail in the US one of the first thing that is done during intake is to interview them regarding their health needs. Furthermore the child’s appearance had to have given someone a clue. All they had to do was look at her little face to see she was in serious medical jeopardy. Severe dehydration is VERY obvious to anyone with a lick of sense. Ultimately, you’re correct. Once they’re in the Border Patrol’s custody it’s their responsibility.

    Ultimately though, the way these immigrants are being treated is meant to be a deterrent. Trumpov and his ghouls WANT people to get hurt and die so it will discourage others. So if hungry, exhausted and sick immigrants are neglected for a day or two, all the better.

    The whole situation is disgusting and mortifying. This is NOT who America wants to be.

    • gescove

      The cruelty displayed by some Border agents is sickening. There are videos of them dumping caches of fresh water put out by compassionate citizens that might save someone from dying of thirst.

      • ozdog

        didn’t they beat up on some people who were taking video of them dumping the water?

    • Victor the Crab

      But this is what America has become, thanks to the racist knuckledraggers on the right and the purity fucks on the left who thought Hillary was the same, if not worse than Drumpf, and decided to stay home on election night or vote third party because the Democrats wouldn’t nominate their hero scumbag Bernie as their candidate for president.

      • ozdog

        the purity fucks are still out there claiming the nomination was stolen from their saint bernard.

        • Badgerite

          That is just bizarre. Has it even dawned on them that what Mitch McConnell is doing by flooding the judiciary with legal Neanderthals is to ensure that no matter what happens electorally there will be a faction on the bench that will rule anything that the public wants in terms of spending to help, you know, the public, unconstitutional. See latest decision on the ACA by a Texas District Court.
          How do they figure that these same judges that McConnell is putting on the bench will not go after all of Bernie’s and their favored programs like Medicare for All and free college tuition with the legal equivalent of a blow torch? As well as sign off on laws designed to suppress votes and gerrymander the hell out of every state they can get their hands on.
          And you can’t just do away with the courts and say all we need is ‘action alerts’ and ‘a revolution’ and everything will be fine without a healthy, strong, independent judiciary which cleaves to the principles of due process, equal protection and the rule of law. I think trump has given us a taste of what a disaster that would turn into.
          It’s a good system. Well crafted. What it needs is citizen activism and the institutional intelligence required to get things accomplished even with the restraints and checks that system imposes.
          It is doable. But you have to be aware of how the system works and why it needs to work that way.
          The protections it provides. And the obstacles.

    • Christopher Foxx

      This is NOT who America wants to be.

      It’s what at least 30% of America wants to be. And at least a similar percentage isn’t bothered enough to take action, so seem OK with it.

      • There’s always a hard 26-30% who are batsh*t. But I’ll grant you the fact that the majority of Americans are too lazy to do anything about it. That doesn’t mean that’s who the 70% of us aspire to be.

        • Christopher Foxx

          “Whadaya mean I’m too lazy?! I’ve signed, like, a dozen online petitions!!”

          sigh

  • Badgerite

    How do they square this with Kavanaugh’s bizarre decision to not let a teenage immigrant girl get an abortion? It would seem ‘right to life’ ends at birth. Hypocrites. Pharisees.

    • Christopher Foxx

      It would seem ‘right to life’ ends at birth.

      This is nothing new. It’s been “conservative” policy for (at least) over 40 years.

      • Badgerite

        I know but I had always thought there was some sincere concern operating there. I no longer believe that. What these people support happening at the border and all over the country really in terms of treatment of the young is simply to egregious and downright vicious to believe that the people excusing it have good motives.
        Seriously, who doesn’t know what Bush the Elder meant when he talked of a “thousand points of light”?
        The “better angels of our natures”. The human impulse and the Christian imperative to help and care for our fellow humans. How can they countenance this man and what he says and does and expect anyone to believe that a faith in Jesus motivates them?

  • David Greenberg

    Somebody needs to go to jail for this.