Sunday on ABC’s This Week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said the Trump administration “bears blame” for the deaths of two Guatemalan migrant children, Jakelin Caal and Felipe Gómez Alonzo, while in Border Patrol custody.
“[W]e want to enhance the ability of our officials at the Southwest border to conduct themselves in a humane fashion and to avoid the type of tragedies that happened with Jakelin and Felipe,” Jeffries said. “That was unacceptable, un-American and unconscionable. We need to do better.”
“The Trump administration bears blame to the extent the buck stops at the top,” Jeffries added. “At the end of the day, you had two young, innocent children die in American custody. That should never occur.”