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Chaffetz speaks about migrant girl’s death: ‘Don’t make this journey. It will kill you.’

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz appeared on Fox News and spoke about the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who was in the custody of U.S. Border Control when she died, saying “don’t make this journey, it will kill you, ” according to FOX 13.

The girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died last week after she was taken into custody by Border Patrol with her father, The Washington Post reports.

The girl’s death should not have happened, Chaffetz said, and should serve as a warning to other migrants making treks to the U.S. border.

“The sad reality of this is that we have a 7-year-old girl that’s died,” Chaffetz said. “She should have never, ever made that journey. That should be the message. Don’t make this journey. It will kill you.”

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