Former GOP legislator on the death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be: "Do not make this journey, it will kill you"

<pre><pre>Former GOP legislator on the death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be: "Do not make this journey, it will kill you"

Former Republican Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason Chaffetz sees a ban on sleeping in offices Hillicon Valley: House Dems examines the email use of Ivanka Trump | Trump mentions controversy & # 39; fake news & # 39; Malware attributed to Russian hackers Holiday cyber shopping tips Group calls on Facebook whistleblowers House Dems to investigate the email use of Ivanka Trump's MORE (Utah) said Friday night that the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl in federal detention must be a message to other migrants not to make the trip to the US because "it will kill you".

Chaffetz acted as guest host of & # 39; Hannity & # 39; from Fox News, after the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that he would investigate the death of the young girl from Guatemala while in detention at border control.

"The sad reality is that we have a 7-year-old girl who died and that she should never have made that trip," Chaffetz said. "And that should be the message, do not make this journey, it will kill you, and that should be the message."

The Trump government announced on Thursday that the girl, identified as Jakelin Caal Maquin, had died of dehydration and shock while in US custody. The case has given renewed attention to the treatment of migrants in federal detention.

"To be honest, I think the message should be:" No, stay there, stay in your own country of origin. Go to the embassy. Request the 90 different visas, "Chaffetz said on Fox News.

The young girl crossed the border with her father and a group of other migrants last week and was detained by Border Patrol in New Mexico.

She reportedly began eight hours after being detained, and emergency services discovered that the girl "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days." She died less than 24 hours later.

"Unfortunately, despite our efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to prevent this tragedy," a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill. "Border Patrol agents have taken all possible steps to save the child's life under the most demanding conditions: as fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of a child."

Chaffetz's remarks reverberated those of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen No reason to assume American relations with Mexico, is a rocky DHS watchdog launches an investigation into the death of 7-year-old migrant maid Dems demands investigation into the death of 7-year-old in custody of DHS MOREwho said that the girl's death was a "very sad example of the dangers of this journey."

"This family chose to cross illegally, about 90 miles away, where we could process them," said Nielsen Friday morning during an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

"They came in such a big crowd that our Border Patrol people needed a few times to get them all, we gave immediate care, and we will continue to look at the situation."

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