1/ This is Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, the 7 year old girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody.

Jakelin’s death was a tragedy. This thread explains why.

#NoKidsInCages #Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
2/ Jakelin liked to climb trees.

She jumped at a chance to come with her dad to the USA.

She thought she might get her first toy.

She’d just gotten her first pair of shoes.

Jakelin died in U.S. custody on Dec 8, 2018. She was 7.

#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
4/ In Dec 2018, then-CBP Head McAleenan KNEW Jakelin had died but did not tell Congress within a day as law requires.

Then in April 2019, President* Trump purged most DHS leadership and installed McAleenan as Acting DHS Secretary.

5/ In March 2019, President* Trump lied about Jakelin’s father, saying "the father gave the child no water for a long period of time — he actually admitted blame."

In fact, her father denied this claim.

Jakelin died from sepsis.

6/ “Treatable with basic medical interventions. Jakelin got sepsis because bacteria was allowed to proliferate in her system. She had easily identifiable signs of sepsis. They should be ashamed.”
— Marc Murphy, registered nurse


Jakelin’s bacterial infection could have been EASILY TREATED.

Her father NEVER said he did not give her water. That is a President* Trump lie.



8/ Lethal Neglect is withholding of essential resources, causing suffering and casualties.

Lethal Neglect begins with aggressively enforcing cruel laws and inhumane executive orders.

9/ “Lying about the death of an immigrant child feels VERY on brand for Trump.”
— Molly Jong-Fast

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10/ What does Jakelin’s untimely demise teach us?

Jakelin’s death shows us that Border Patrol’s toxic culture — one that abuses children and hurts people on purpose — existed long before our current crisis.

#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
11/ Kevin McAleenan was the ONLY LEADER President* Trump kept in his April DHS purge.

McAleenan now runs DHS as Acting Secretary*, not confirmed by our Senate.

Their Inspector General has been horrified by DHS’s inhumane culture.

12/ President* Trump STILL lies about details of Jakelin’s death.


Jakelin’s death on U.S. soil was PREVENTABLE.

So we wonder about the conditions in President* Trump’s concentration camps.

13/ How many children will die in U.S. custody before President* Trump is out of power?

How many children will be traumatized for life by President* Trump’s bad policies?

#NoKidsInCages #Lights4Liberty 🗽
14/ We saw ZERO child deaths in U.S. custody in 8 years before May 2018.

Now many kids have died. 💔

PLEASE remember these children:

#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
15/ DHS, Border Patrol, and ICE have toxic cultures.

We must hold their leaders accountable, and reboot the orgs with ethical watchdogs who take their oversight job seriously.


#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
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