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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen blamed a migrant family for the death of a 7-year-old girl who was being held in custody by the U.S. Border Patrol. The Guatemalan child died of dehydration and shock after the Border Patrol took her and her family into custody.

Nielsen, using a casual tone, told Fox News the child’s death happened because “this family chose to cross illegally.”

With a slight laugh, Nielsen said “it took our border patrol a couple times” to detain all the people the young girl’s family had been traveling with. She refused to discuss the Trump administration’s role in the death, stating, “I cannot stress how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally.”

statement from the Department of Homeland Security also completely, and cruelly, bucked blame, echoing Nielsen’s response of the migrant family: “Once again, we are begging parents to not put themselves or their children at risk attempting to enter illegally. Please present yourselves at a port of entry and seek to enter legally and safely.”

The ACLU slammed the Trump-led agency after the death. In a statement, Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, slammed the “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty” within the Border Patrol agency. “This tragedy represents the worst possible outcome when people, including children, are held in inhumane conditions.”

“When the Trump administration pushes for the militarization of the border, including more border wall construction, they are driving people fleeing violence into the deadliest desert regions.”

She added, “The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths.”

“We can and must do better as a nation,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement. “This is a humanitarian crisis and we have a moral obligation to ensure these vulnerable families can safely seek asylum, which is legal under immigration and international law, at our borders.”

Records from the agency said she was taken into custody at 10 p.m. on December 6 and started having seizures 8 hours later. Emergency responders stated that she had a body temperature of 105.7 degrees. In a statement, the Border Patrol said she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

She was flown to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest and died.

The Washington Post noted, “Food and water are typically provided to migrants in Border Patrol custody, and it wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if the girl received provisions and a medical exam before the onset of seizures.”

Trump has enshrined cruelty to migrants as American border policy. He has ordered the separation of families at the border and detention at facilities with track records of abuse and cruelty, and has overseen the tear-gassing of young children at the border.

His hand-picked henchman, Secretary Nielsen, has wholeheartedly embraced Trump’s racist approach to the border to keep herself safe in her job. This now includes blaming families for the deaths of their children and inappropriately laughing about it with Trump’s cheerleaders on Fox News.

A child died in American custody. It happened in a climate of cruelty put in place by Trump.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.