The death of an immigrant child, who died in custody in the United States, has reignited criticism of US President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies.
Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who had traveled with her father to the US from a rural area in Guatemala’s impoverished Alta Verapaz region, died while in custody at a US Border Patrol detention center.
They were among a group of 163 migrants detained by Border Patrol agents the night of December 6 — three days after her birthday — in a remote area of the New Mexico desert, officials said.
Two days later, Jakelin had died, Customs and Border Protection’s officials said on Friday.
Jakelin had vomited and stopped breathing while in Border Patrol custody. She later went into cardiac arrest and suffered brain swelling at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where doctors determined she’d had no food or water for days.
US Border Patrol is investigating the incident to make sure…