(KUTV) — Former Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz says the death of a seven-year-old girl in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol should be an example to other migrants: "Don't make this journey, it will kill you."
The Republican who used to represent Utah's 3rd congressional district made the commends on Fox News this week.
"The sad reality is we have a seven-year-old girl who has died and she should have never, ever made that journey," Chaffetz said on Fox News. "And that should be the message, don't make this journey, it will kill you and that should be the message."
The girl was identified by the Guatemalan consulate as Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, from the Alta Verapaz region in northern Guatemala.
Her father is 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz.
Maquin was in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for approximately eight to ten hours.
According to DHS officials, she died early Friday, Dec. 8 at the Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas after suffering cardiac arrest and liver failure.