Yazmin Juárez, testified on Wednesday before Congress about a diagnosis of her daughter Mariee, who died after being expelled from apprehension by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“I’m here currently given we wish to put an finish to this,” Yazmin Juárez told members of Congress tearfully on Wednesday.
Lawmakers listened as Juárez testified about a preventable genocide of her daughter in 2018, weeks after they were expelled from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Juárez pronounced she had fled Guatemala with her daughter, Mariee, given she feared for their lives and hoped for a improved future. “Instead, we watched my baby lady die solemnly and painfully only a few months before her second birthday.”
Mariee had been a healthy and happy baby, creation a tour to a U.S. southern limit though any health problems, Juárez testified. They spent a few days in a Customs and Border Protection trickery she referred to as a “icebox” for a cold temperature. She pronounced they were sealed in a enclosure with about 30 other people, sleeping on a petrify floor.
Then they went to a South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, a sprawling sovereign apprehension center. A helper examined Mariee and found her to be healthy, Juárez said. She beheld a series of children in a room were sick, and that “no bid was being done to apart a ill from a healthy or to caring for them.”
After a week, Mariee started to cough and sneeze. Juárez pronounced they waited in a prolonged line to be seen during a clinic. Eventually a physician’s partner pronounced her daughter had a respiratory infection and prescribed Tylenol and sugar for her cough, Juárez said. But Mariee only got worse. She began to puke and have diarrhea. She had a heat and stopped eating.
Juárez pronounced her daughter mislaid scarcely 8% of her physique weight in only 10 days. “I remember her conduct and her small physique felt so prohibited and she was weak,” Juárez recalled.
Mariee was given antibiotics for an ear infection. “I begged them to do deeper exams though they sent us behind to a room.” Future efforts to better Mariee’s ailments, with Pedialyte and Vicks VapoRub, didn’t help.
Mariee spent 6 weeks in hospitals with a respiratory infection. On a ventilator, Juárez said, Mariee asked for her though Juárez couldn’t cuddle or reason her.
“My Mariee died on what is Mother’s Day in my country,” Juárez pronounced in tears. “When we walked out of a sanatorium that day, all we had with me was a square of paper with Mariee’s palm prints in pinkish paint that a staff had combined for me” — a Mother’s Day gift.
Lawmakers from both sides of a aisle were sensitive as they commented and asked questions. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, told her, “No grain palabras, there are no words.” Then he thanked her for her faith and bravery in testifying.
In 2018, Juárez filed a $60 million lawsuit opposite a U.S. supervision in tie with her child’s death.
Her testimony came in a arise of sardonic reports of dirty conditions in apprehension facilities. And given December, during slightest 5 migrant children have died after being apprehended during a southern border.