Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weeps while mother describes how her toddler died after being detained at the border pic.twitter.com/bnECAX6ZoD
— The Independent (@Independent) July 13, 2019
She’s suing the government, but her daughter didn’t die until six weeks after being released, getting a ton of care and she may have come in sick. Nothing shows anything improper was done by ICE.
Capitol Hill — With tears in her eyes, a young Guatemalan mother on Wednesday recounted the death of her 21-month-old daughter after they were both released from U.S. custody, offering a scathing rebuke of conditions in migrant detention centers and bringing some lawmakers to tears with her heart-wrenching testimony.
As Yazmin Juárez, 21, described her love for her daughter Mariee — who died in May 2018 after being released from the Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) facility in Dilley, Texas — a visibly emotional Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York placed her hand on her face and began to cry.
“We came to the United States, where I hoped to build a better and safer life for us,” Juárez told the subcommittee in Spanish. “Instead, I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully — just a few months before her second birthday.”
Juárez’s testimony at an House Oversight subcommittee hearing — and in remarks at a press conference before it — offered a personal glimpse to members of Congress and the American public of conditions inside facilities used by the Trump administration to detain migrants. Independent monitors, government watchdogs and human rights advocates have denounced the facilities as inhumane and unsafe in recent weeks.
“The world should know what is happening to so many children inside these ICE detention facilities,” Juárez told lawmakers.
The Guatemalan mother, who is suing the U.S. government over Mariee’s death, recalled her daughter started to experience heavy coughing and diarrhea while they were detained at the Dilley facility, where she said she saw other sick children. Juárez described the conditions at the facility in an interview with “60 Minutes” last year.
“Marie wasn’t the only sick child. I saw a lot of children with red eyes. Children crying and coughing a lot,” Juárez told “60 Minutes.” “It was obvious Marie was going to get sick there.”