Earlier this month the Democrat-aligned establishment media went bonkers over the death of a seven-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala who, we were told, perished while in the custody of U.S. border personnel. If only they were as concerned about American citizens.
The initial reports on the death of little Jakelin Caal were damning enough and, as usual, especially critical of POTUS Donald Trump, though there’s no doubt he was as moved and saddened by her passing as any other decent human being.
The narrative was the same as it’s always been since the president took office and began enforcing all immigration laws: This was a cruel act by a cruel agency working on behalf of a cruel president.
Come to find out within a few days after the initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agents did all they could to save the little girl, who presented to them in a large group of illegal immigrants at a very remote region of New Mexico, a new smuggling route that has authorities baffled as to why it has been chosen.
In fact, U.S. border authorities were so responsive to Jakelin that her own father — the person who is ultimately responsible for her death from exposure to the elements since he was the one who decided to bring her the thousands of miles to the U.S. border — openly stated they were not to blame.
– When BP was informed child had fallen ill, they say they called EMS to have an ambulance ready when bus arrived at the station
– DHS says father didn’t inform them child had stopped breathing until they got to the station
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 15, 2018
As noted by Conservative Tribune, Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua relayed to the U.S. Border Patrol the account of the girl’s father, Nery Gilberto Caal, who said American officials “did everything they possibly could to help his daughter.” He also praised first responders — EMS in particular — for working hard to save his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin. A statement from his lawyers to the media noted that Nery Caal was “grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin’s life in New Mexico and Texas.”
Still, the establishment media continued to lay the blame at the feet of POTUS Trump because virtue-signaling to supporters is much easier (and more profitable) than actually digging for the truth and reporting it without bias.
#NeverTrump columnist Jennifer Rubin, a token conservative writer at the Washington Post, actually blamed Jakelin’s death on Americans. “It’s a cruel irony that Trump has portrayed refugees as a threat to Americans. In fact, the reverse is true,” she wrote, as reported by Breitbart News.
Under the headline, “Horrifying indifference to children’s lives,” Rubin’s subhead further declared, “The Trump administration is certainly responsible for death of a child in its custody.”
Except that isn’t true in the context she is claiming, as the little girl’s own father has stated. In her piece, Rubin never even addressed the fact that, as a sovereign country, the United States has a right to protect and defend its own borders. (Related: California cops increasingly frustrated with state ‘sanctuary’ law as illegals embark on deadly crime sprees.)
And let’s be clear: Jakelin’s death was indeed tragic — and senseless. But these same Left-wing media types who anguish over her have no such similar compassion for American citizens killed or injured by those in our country illegally.
For his part, the president has remarked that more than 63,000 Americans have been killed by illegal aliens since the 9/11 attacks, a figure that the same Left-wing media have ripped apart as a lie (without offering countermanding evidence).
Whatever the figure is, the fact remains that these injuries and deaths, in most cases, are 100 percent preventable (a wall would be a great start, as the Israelis know).
“The Democrats are using this [death] cynically as a cudgel against the very idea of immigration enforcement. It is shameless. It is really shameless,” Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart.
Because that’s what the party of open borders does.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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