As a mother told Congress about the death of her daughter in ICE custody, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wept, according to The Independent.
Yazmin Juarez left Guatemala with her daughter to find a safer life in the U.S. She and her 19-month-old baby, Mariee, were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they crossed the border. 30 other people were held with the mother-daughter pair, including sick children.
Although Mariee was healthy before being detained, the baby soon became sick with a high fever. The nurses at the south Texas family residential center did not examine the baby meticulously enough. She was merely given pain killers and sent away.
Mariee and her mother were held for two weeks. A few weeks following their release, Mariee died of a lung infection.
Yazmin Juarez said it was “like they tore out a piece of my heart. I wanted to have a better life for her and a better future so that she could keep growing, but now we won’t be able to do that and she is gone.”
She continued, “There are days I just want to give up. It’s been so painful for me to see so many children and not my little girl.”
Congresswoman AOC was moved to tears by the story.
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