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Mother Whose Toddler Died After Leaving ICE Custody Tells Harrowing Story To Congress


Added 07-11-19 12:54:02am EST - “"I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday," Yazmin Ju” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Mother Whose Toddler Died After Leaving ICE Custody Tells Harrowing Story To Congress”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Yazmin Juárez sat in front of a House subcommittee Wednesday and recalled the most horrible experience of her life. 

She spoke to the lawmakers about how her 21-month-old daughter, Mariee, died of respiratory illnesses after leaving Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody last year.

“We came to the United States, where I hoped to build a better life,” said the 21-year-old mother, who fled violence in Guatemala in early 2018. “Instead, I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday.”

Throughout her translated testimony, she choked up with tears recounting how ICE and medical officials continually endangered her daughter’s life, in some cases denying the toddler the care she needed or lying about her condition. Multiple House members wiped tears from their eyes as Juárez told her story and said she was testifying in hopes of preventing other children from dying.

Democrats convened the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to discuss the horrific conditions in migrant detention facilities. This issue has been in the national spotlight amid reports that U.S. Border Patrol stations are overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe for children who are often forced to sleep on concrete floors. 

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