People For the American Way

PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Ad Links Death of 7-Year-Old in Border Patrol Custody to 2020 Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2018

Contact: Derrick Crowe at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 512.516.5067

WASHINGTON, D.C.—People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! program today launched a second 2020 ad, this one  decrying the cruel and inhumane Republican immigration policies connected to the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin. The ad urges viewers to vote against Trump and the GOP in 2020 and to support Democratic candidates that will end these horrific policies.  The ad will target Latino voters in in key 2020 states including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia.

“Jakelin died while in the hands of our government as she sought asylum only days after border patrol officials unleashed tear gas against child asylum seekers,” PFAW Political Director Lizet Ocampo said. “Trump’s immigration policies—enabled by his Republican allies in the House and Senate—get more caustic by the day, and it’s clear that the Department of Homeland Security’s inhumane practices will not stop until we vote the GOP out of office.”

Below are the ad scripts in English and Spanish.


Jakelin died in border patrol custody.

She was 7.

Trump and the Republicans refuse to take responsibility.

We must vote them out in 2020.

And vote for Democrats who stand up for children like Jakelin.


Jakelin murió mientras estaba en custodia de las autoridades fronterizas

Tenía 7 años.

Trump y los Republicanos se niegan a asumir la responsabilidad de sus actos.

Tenemos que sacarlos del poder en 2020.

y votar por los Demócratas quienes defienden a los niños como Jakelin.

The ad follows the program’s first-of-the-cycle ad released on Dec. 13, which focused on the teargassing of asylum seekers at the southern border of the U.S.

PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program exposes and counters anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies. Through electoral work, we hold groups, leaders and influencers accountable at the polls for the harm they do to immigrant and Latino communities. This latest ad buy seeks to build on the program’s robust 2018 digital ad campaigns.

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