Humanizing The Children That Have Died In Migrant Concentration Camps

Image: Shaun King

Image: Shaun King

For approximately a year (and counting), asylum seekers at the southern border of the United States have been detained in ICE concentration camps. Among many of these asylum seekers are children, hoping to find a better future in America. Six children have died in ICE custody within the past year, but these late children have not had their name said or their origin stories told enough.

Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle was 10 years old and came to the United States to visit her mother, who she hadn't seen in 9 years. She was hospitalized soon after arriving in the United States. The government refused to release her from their custody.

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was 7 years old and came to the United States with her father in hopes of getting her first toy. She had just gotten her first pair of shoes. She enjoyed climbing trees.

Felipe Gómez Alonzo was 8 years old and came to the United States with his father, worrying that his dad would leave without him. He was excited to come to the US and hoped that maybe he would even get his own bicycle.

Juan de León Gutierréz was 16 years old when he died in government custody. He was known as shy, but a good student; he would run to catch his teacher after school to explain his absences. He missed class to help his father harvest coffee.

Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez was 2 years old and came to the United States with his mother to receive treatment for a medical condition that made him unable to walk.

Carlos Hernandez Vásquez was 16 years old and came to the United States to support his brother, Edgar, who had special needs. He loved playing the piano and the bass. His family called him Goyito.

These are the six harmless children who died in ICE custody. Say their names, know their lives, and hold the Trump administration responsible for their deaths.

Footnote:

All information regarding the victims' background stories were taken from journalist Shaun King's Instagram account. You can follow his activism at @shaunking.

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