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Capitol Hill — With tears in her eyes, a younger Guatemalan mom on Wednesday recounted the dying of her 21-month-old daughter after they had been each launched from U.S. custody, providing a scathing rebuke of situations in migrant detention facilities and bringing some lawmakers to tears together with her heart-wrenching testimony.

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As Yazmin Juárez, 21, described her love for her daughter Mariee — who died in Could 2018 after being launched from the Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) facility in Dilley, Texas — a visibly emotional Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York positioned her hand on her face and started to cry.

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“We got here to the US, the place I hoped to construct a greater and safer life for us,” Juárez informed the subcommittee in Spanish. “As an alternative, I watched my child woman die slowly and painfully — just some months earlier than her second birthday.”

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Juarez testifies before a House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services in Washington
Yazmin Juárez, mom of 21-month-old Mariee, who died after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testifies earlier than a Home Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties listening to in Washington, D.C., on July 10, 2019.


Juárez’s testimony at an Home Oversight subcommittee listening to — and in remarks at a press convention earlier than it — provided a private glimpse to members of Congress and the American public of situations inside services utilized by the Trump administration to detain migrants. Impartial screens, authorities watchdogs and human rights advocates have denounced the services as inhumane and unsafe in latest weeks. 

“The world ought to know what is going on to so many kids inside these ICE detention services,” Juárez informed lawmakers.

The Guatemalan mom, who’s suing the U.S. authorities over Mariee’s dying, recalled her daughter began to expertise heavy coughing and diarrhea whereas they had been detained on the Dilley facility, the place she mentioned she noticed different sick kids. Juárez described the situations on the facility in an interview with “60 Minutes” final 12 months.

“Marie wasn’t the one sick youngster. I noticed lots of kids with pink eyes. Kids crying and coughing so much,” Juárez informed “60 Minutes.” “It was apparent Marie was going to get sick there.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wipes a tear throughout a Home Oversight and Reform subcommittee listening to discussing migrant detention facilities’ therapy of kids on July 10, 2019.

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Juárez mentioned she visited a clinic, the place a health care provider’s assistant identified Mariee with a respiratory an infection and gave them honey and Tylenol.

Though Juárez mentioned she requested for additional medical take care of Mariee, her daughter’s well being shortly worsened. Juárez and her daughter had been finally discharged from the ICE facility and joined household in New Jersey. Upon touchdown, the younger mom took her daughter to the ER. However her situation continued to worsen.

Mariee spent six weeks within the hospital and was placed on a ventilator. On Wednesday, Juárez spoke in regards to the day Mariee died, which occurred to be Mom’s Day in her house nation of Guatemala.

“Once I walked out of the hospital that day, all I had with me was a chunk of paper the medical doctors made with Mariee’s hand prints,” she mentioned by means of a translator. “That is all I had left, her hand prints. The nurses made it for me the day earlier than, as a Mom’s Day present.”  

A card with Mariee’s handprints.

Yazmin Juárez

The Guatemalan mom is now suing the federal government for $60 million, alleging that ICE failed to supply her daughter with ample medical care.

Earlier than the listening to, Juárez and her testimony additionally introduced lawmakers to tears throughout a press convention.

Noting that she is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib thanked Juárez for telling her story, including that she seen the Guatemalan mom’s emotional response when she noticed a poster containing a blown-up {photograph} of herself alongside her now-deceased younger daughter.

Teary-eyed, Tlaib turned her focus to the administration’s hardline immigration agenda, in addition to its oversight of detention facilities for migrants close to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We do not want new legal guidelines. We’d like morality,” she mentioned. “We’d like an administration that understands there are human rights violations taking place. That is about an ideology that this administration has adopted. An ideology that others are lower than.”

“We’re making a era of kids that can always remember what we did to them,” Talib added. 

Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaks with Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a news conference with Yazmin Juarez, mother of 19-month-old Mariee, who died after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Capitol Hill in Washington
Home Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings with Rep. Rashida Tlaib on July 10, 2019.

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Her colleague and fellow progressive Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley additionally obtained visibly emotional when thanking Juárez, which whom she mentioned she prayed with earlier than the press convention.

“That is unjust and un-America. And it’s merciless,” Pressley informed reporters.

“No household ought to be criminalized for in search of security,” she added earlier than being consoled by Ocasio-Cortez, who arrived on the press convention when it was concluding.

Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hug during a news conference with Yazmin Juarez, mother of 19-month-old Mariee, who died after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Capitol Hill in Washington
Rep. Ayanna Pressley hugs Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on July 10, 2019.

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