Downtown El Paso vigil honors Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. custody


Local migrant advocates gathered at Downtown El Paso’s San Jacinto Plaza Sunday afternoon to remember Jakelin Caal, the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died while in Border Patrol custody.

As KTSM reported, she died Dec. 6 from dehydration and shock after she and her father illegally entered the U.S. in New Mexico. For more details, click HERE.

At Sunday’s vigil, the community honored Jakelin with candles and music and shared their thoughts on the situation.

Organizers say they were protesting not just her death, but the entire U.S. immigration system.

“The U.S. immigration policy, what’s happening at the border, pushing people back is a racist system and its having people travel through the most dangerous paths and its leading to these types of preventable and unnecessary deaths of children,” Marisa Lee Sanchez of the Party for Socialism and Liberation said.

According to the Annunciation House, a local refugee shelter, Jakelin’s father is currently staying at one of its facilities as he awaits word from the medical examiner.

Her father says he has “no complaints” about the way his daughter was treated while in custody, according to the Guatemalan consul.

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