The child’s death is likely to intensify scrutiny of detention conditions at Border Patrol stations and CBP facilities that are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the United States.
The ACLU blamed “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP” for the girl’s death. “The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said in a statement.
Oh, what garbage. Next up, a $40-million lawsuit and some kind of taxpayer payout.
What’s obnoxious here is the left’s quickness to blame the Border Patrol for the actions of her father, dragging a seven-year-old through one of the world’s most hostile deserts like that, and using her as a human shield to avoid immigrant detention and to partake in “catch and release.” The father was traveling with a group of 163 illegals and their human-smuggler escort, who broke into the U.S. unvetted and without authorization and turned themselves in to the lawmen in order to claim zero-fee asylum on the spot, playing the migrant game. Either they would get it or they wouldn’t get it, but the honorable mention for the father if he didn’t would be to get several free years to work in the U.S. and send remittances back home before the likely deportation. And what did he bring here? Zero skills, no education – not even the Spanish language, let alone English – and an appetite for all that free stuff the gringos hand out.
With a prize like that on offer, yes, there are a certain number of people who would risk their children’s lives with human-smugglers through one of the world’s most dangerous and remote deserts, which is what went down.
If an American did that, he would be charged with child abuse, and quite a few of them already have been. But break the law for entry, and somehow, the Border Patrol is the bad guy.
That would be the same Border Patrol that tried to save the child, offering her food and water, as she apparently seemed in decent health, with her father saying nothing to help them figure out what was going on. It’s quite possible he didn’t know what was going on, either; some of these people have amazingly weak parenting skills.