Lawmakers tour New Mexico border facilities following 7-year-old girl's death | KOB 4

Lawmakers tour New Mexico border facilities following 7-year-old girl's death

Megan Abundis
December 18, 2018 06:52 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and other Democratic lawmakers who toured Border Patrol facilities in Lordsburg and Antelope Wells are calling for the resignation of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.


Border Patrol agents took Jakelin Caal, 7, her father and a group of more than 150 migrants to the facility in Lordsburg after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. She died two days later at a hospital in El Paso.

Representative Lujan said the facility in southern New Mexico isn’t equipped to house people.

“[There are] water contamination issues, no running water, no area to bathe, no water to cook," Lujan said.

In addition, the lawmakers said the border agents don’t have enough resources and suffer from a lack of training.

“We saw children with adults, overcrowded facilities with a shared toilet," Lujan said.

Following their visit, the lawmakers are demanding an investigation, saying their needs to be changes or the facilities should be shut down.

The lawmakers allege U.S. Customs and Border Patrol violated the law by not telling Congress that Caal died within 24-hours.


Megan Abundis

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