It appears that some on the left are adhering to the “let no crisis go to waste” philosophy. After The Washington Post reported the death of a girl whose parents brought her into the U.S. illegally, many progressives jumped on the opportunity to blame the Trump administration for the tragedy.
On Thursday, The Post published a story detailing the death of 7-year-old Jackeline Caal, who died of dehydration and shock after Border Patrol took her into custody with her parents last week. Her family was part of a larger group of migrants who crossed the border illegally into New Mexico.
Progressives Blame Trump For Caal’s Death
After the story was published, it didn’t take long for progressives and their allies in the establishment media to begin spinning the story into an attack on conservatives who advocate for tighter border security measures. Several leftists took to Twitter to express their outrage over the girl’s death:
She was 7.
She was just a baby.
The @realdonaldtrump administration has blood on its hands.
I’m angry and heartbroken. https://t.co/yTXLzkXXme
— Chely Wright 🇺🇸 (@chelywright) December 14, 2018
Because U.S. government policy, backed by “Christians” like Mike Pence, is to dehumanize brown children. https://t.co/jyVFg8zgtP
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 14, 2018
BREAKING: CBP official tells me Border Patrol agents transporting 7 year old Guatemalan girl who died were notified by her dad she was vomiting at 5AM.
She didn’t get treated until bus arrived at a Border Patrol station at 6:30AM.
An hour an an half with no medical attention.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) December 14, 2018
Shame on our country and shame on Donald Trump.
A 7 year old girl was taken into custody by US Border Patrol and died of “dehydration and shock.”
These aren’t thugs & criminals. They are people desperate for safe harbor.
This is a grave sin.https://t.co/g52Ypzn0e8
— Shaun King (@shaunking) December 14, 2018
Left-leaning politicians also joined the fray. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) tweeted: “It’s illegal and simply barbaric to deny water to a young girl in custody, particularly after they turned themselves in to authorities.”
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also tweeted: “There are no words to capture the horror of a seven-year-old girl dying of dehydration in U.S. custody.”
However, as usual, the left is deliberately leaving out facts that are inconvenient to their narrative.
What Really Happened?
Progressive media is painting this story as a situation in which the authorities refused to give proper care to Caal after she became sick. However, the reality is much different. CBS News reported that when the Caal family was apprehended by Border Patrol, the girl did not show any signs of sickness. Indeed, her father signed a form indicating that she was in good health.
But hours later, Jackeline began vomiting on the bus that was taking her to the Border Patrol station. By the time they arrived, she was not breathing and was immediately flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas and doctors discovered that she had swelling in her brain and was experiencing liver failure. She initially responded well to medical treatment, but unfortunately, she died of fever, shock, and dehydration. Border Patrol stated that she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”
The facts show that Feinstein’s and Clinton’s assertions that she was denied water are false — or at best — misleading. Indeed, Border Patrol had no way to know that Jackeline was suffering from dehydration, and in reality, there is no indication that she was denied water. It is clear that her condition was caused by the arduous trek across the Mexican desert and into the United States.
Using Tragedy As A Political Weapon
While many on the left aren’t willing to use the tragic death of a young girl to score political points against their opposition, they are plenty who are, and they tend to have the loudest bullhorns. This is especially true of the establishment media, who typically report stories in a way that is designed to deceive the American public.
To their credit, CBS News and The Washington Post included all of the pertinent facts of the story — including those that contradict the narrative that many progressives are pushing. But others chose to use this story to paint Border Patrol as a malicious entity whose officials do not care about the plight of migrant children.
But prominent Democrats are omitting these facts in a deliberate attempt to mislead those who follow them. It is a cynical effort to manipulate the public while smearing those who support the president’s approach to illegal immigration. Unfortunately, many will believe the narrative even though the facts show that it is false.