The mainstream media outlets like CNN are blaming the death of a 7-year-old Guatemala girl on the U.S. Border Patrol, but even according to their reports, the child had not had any food or water for three days. The girl was a part of a group of illegal immigrants trying to cross from Mexico into the United States illegally. The group of 163 people the girl was traveling with decided to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents.
California Border Patrol (CBP) records indicate the girl and her father were taken into custody around 10 p.m. on December 6, just south of Lordsburg, New Mexico. The child began having seizures around 6:25 a.m. and emergency responders were quick to arrive and treat her. Medical personnel determined the child's body temperature was at 105.7 degrees and a statement from the CBP said, "she reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days."
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The girl was given free medical care and a helicopter ride to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas. The girl then went into cardiac arrest but "was revived," according to CBP. The agency added, "However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported." This girl's father took her into the desert to illegally invade a sovereign nation, and she was given the same medical care any child would receive in one of the best medical systems in the world.
CBP spokesman Andrew Meehan said, "Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child. Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child’s life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of any child." As uncomfortable as it may be to admit, the blame for this little girl's death lies solely on her father, not the Americans who did their best to save her life. Does anyone think that a child from a group of illegal immigrants crossing into Mexico would have received the same treatment by Mexican authorities?
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The Department of Homeland Security also issued a statement on the girl's death saying:
"Traveling north through Mexico illegally in an attempt to reach the United States, is extremely dangerous. Drug cartels, human smugglers and the elements pose deadly risks to anyone who seeks to cross our border illegally. Border Patrol always takes care of individuals in their custody and does everything in their power to keep people safe. Every year the Border Patrol saves hundreds of people who are overcome by the elements between our ports of entry."
"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and the best efforts of the medical team treating the child, we were unable to stop this tragedy from occurring. 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."
People like this are trying to place the blame on the brave men and woman who risk their lives patrolling our border, while he sits in front of his computer nice and safe pointing fingers. When a 163 people show up in the middle of the desert and turn themselves into a couple of Border Patrol agents, you can't be upset because she didn't get medical treatment in time. The girl's health was compromised when her alleged father decided to take her through the desert to invade another country in violation of the law.
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That doesn't mean we shouldn't be compassionate to her and her family. I am sad that she died and under those circumstances. I don't think she deserved to die at all. But we still must be objective about the facts and not blame our brave men and woman defending our borders.
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