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Kip Fonsh: ‘An indescribable sorrow’

  • Domingo Caal Chub, 61, holds a smartphone displaying a photo of his granddaughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, in Raxruha, Guatemala, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The 7-year-old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. AP PHOTO/Oliver de Ros


Monday, December 31, 2018

As I write, my eyes are flooded with tears of grief, sadness, sorrow and rage. While we scurry around buying gifts few of us need, we are witness to an indescribable sorrow... a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, dies while in the custody of our government. This is not an unfortunate and horrific accident. This is the result of a purposeful, deliberate government policy to throw fear at the feet of those who have chosen to risk fleeing poverty, violence and death to come to America, the home of the free and the brave. Yes, it does take a certain type of bravery and courage to sit on the sidelines while young girls die unnecessarily. America, the exceptional oasis in a cruel and unjust world. If this is what we have become I, for one, want no part of it.

Kip Fonsh
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