Grandfather of Late Guatemalan Girl Says Family Is Indebted to Human Smugglers

Members of the Caal Maquin family and neighbors stand in front of Claudia Maquin's house in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Claudia Maquin's daughter, 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal, died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote …
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The grandfather of the little girl from Guatemala who died after crossing the border in New Mexico and being detained with her father and 161 other migrants says the family owes money to human smugglers.

The relatives of a young Guatemalan girl not only have to deal with the pain of burying their loved one, they must still pay the ruthless human smuggling organization that took them from their home country to the U.S. The family in Guatemala remains hopeful that the father of seven-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin will be allowed to stay  in the U.S. where he could find work and pay off a sizable debt that the family owes to a human smuggling organization in their home country, Telemundo reported.

In an interview with the news network, the girl’s grandfather, Domingo Caal, said that the family owed money to the “coyote’s,” or human smugglers, who are capable of taking all of the family’s possessions. “If they let him work, the girl won’t come back but at least the debt can be paid,” Caal said.

As Breitbart News has reported, young Jakelin and her father entered the country through the Lordsburg station in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 migrants and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The young girl died after her father reported her ill to authorities seven hours after their initial apprehension.

In the days following the death, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that agents had revived the young girl twice before she was flown out to an emergency room.

“The agents involved are deeply affected and empathize with the father over the loss of his daughter,” the commissioner stated. “We cannot stress enough the dangers posed by traveling long distances, in crowded transportation, or in the natural elements through remote desert areas without food, water and other supplies. No one should risk injury, or even death, by crossing our border unlawfully.”

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at 


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