“I’m here today because I don’t want another little angel to suffer like my Mariee. I don’t want other mothers and fathers to lose their children.”
During a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday titled “Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border,” the mother of a 19-month-old girl who died shortly after becoming sick in ICE custody delivered heartbreaking testimony on the horrific and abusive conditions inside the Trump administration’s detention centers.
“I am here because the world should know what is happening to so many children inside of ICE detention.”
—Yazmin JuárezYazmin Juárez explained how her and her young daughter Mariee fled violence in their home country of Guatemala in 2018, seeking safety and asylum in the United States.
“So, we came to America, where I hoped to build a better, safer life for us,” Juárez said. “That did not happen. Instead, I watched my baby girl die–slowly and painfully—a few months before her second birthday.”
Juárez said Mariee became seriously ill after arriving at an overcrowded ICE detention facility in Dilley, Texas, where “no effort was made to separate the sick from the healthy.”
It didn’t have to be like this. Mariee was a healthy baby girl when she was taken into ICE custody. But 20 days later, she left with a life-threatening infection. Small children do not belong in detention.
But if ICE’s detention center had just been safe and sanitary—and if they’d given my daughter the proper medical care she needed—Mariee might still be here today, preparing to celebrate her third birthday in August. Instead, my daughter is gone. The people who run these facilities are supposed to take care of these children—little angels who have done nothing wrong. Most of the children are brought here by parents seeking a better, safer life for them.ADVERTISEMENT
“I’m here today because I don’t want another little angel to suffer like my Mariee,” Juárez concluded. “I don’t want other mothers and fathers to lose their children. It can’t be that hard in this great country to make sure that the little children you lock up don’t die from abuse and neglect.”
“The world should know what is happening to so many children inside of ICE detention. My beautiful girl is gone, but I hope her story will spur this country’s government to act so that more children do not die because of neglect and mistreatment.” —Yazmin Juárez pic.twitter.com/10rj2QT0G3
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) July 10, 2019
Juárez’s testimony, which comes amid a torrent of news reports and first-hand accounts of conditions at Trump’s detention facilities, brought lawmakers to tears.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who was visibly moved by Juárez’s story, said “what is being pointed to here is a culture of cruelty” after Juárez recalled that a Customs and Border Protection officer told her “this country is for Americans, Trump is my president, and we can take your little girl away from you and lock you in jail.”
.@RepAOC @AOC: “What is being pointed to here is a culture of cruelty. To have a CBP officer tell a migrant woman…’this country is for Americans’ and to threaten separating her from her daughter, to threaten a human rights violation is extraordinarily concerning.” pic.twitter.com/nn57hNFIHf
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 10, 2019
“To have a CBP officer tell a migrant woman escaping unspeakable horrors in her home country, and tell them this country is for Americans, and to threaten separating her from her daughter, to threaten a human rights violation, is extraordinarily concerning,” said Ocasio-Cortez, “and at a bare minimum grounds for serious investigation by this committee and other entities.”
Here are 5 of the wildest and most outrageous comments Trump just made to the press
During an Oval Office meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, President Donald Trump gave rambling and outrageous comments to the press about a wide range of subjects.
Here are just five of the wildest things he said in the meeting:
1. “Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth.”
Trump said he could “win” the war in Afghanistan by simply committing genocide against the entire population.
“If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” he said. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
Trump blasts Iran, says hard to deal with top ‘terror’ state
US President Donald Trump said Monday that chances of negotiating with Iran were dwindling, as he cited increasing tensions in the Gulf and blasted the Islamic republic as the world's top "state of terror."
The president cited a series of recent conflicts involving Tehran, including the downing of US and Iranian drones and, most recently, Tehran's announcement that it arrested 17 people in connection to a CIA spy ring, a claim Trump rejected as "lies."
"Frankly it's getting harder for me to want to make a deal with Iran, because they behave very badly," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, as visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sat at his side.
Neighbors in Nashville suburb form human chain to prevent ICE from taking man into custody
In a Nashville suburb, an ICE agent’a attempt to take a man into custody on Monday morning proved unsuccessful when the man’s neighbors formed a human chain.
An agent for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Nashville’s WVTF Channel 5 (a CBS affiliate), attempted to detain the man in Hermitage, Tennessee, which is about ten miles from Downtown Nashville.
The man had entered his van with his son when the agent blocked them in, and neighbors responded by bringing them water and wet rags. After the neighbors formed a human chain, the man and his son were able to escape and enter their home — which the ICE agent was not authorized to enter.