“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.
“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.”
REVEALED: Speaker Pelosi says she had to stop White House meeting because Trump was too ‘shaken’ by GOP criticism
According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump was "shaken up" by the realization that Republicans are criticizing him over his huge mistake in Syria.
"It comes at a very difficult time for him," said Pelosi outside the White House meeting. "Earlier today the House of Representatives voted what, 354-60 in opposition to the actions that he has taken in Syria. It calls upon the president to urgently use exercise with restraint and for us to have a humanitarian assistant to some of the Kurdish children being killed there, and reaching support."
Most importantly, however, the bill mandated a clear plan from the president on how to handle ISIS. Just last week, Trump made a unilateral decision to betray the Kurdish people and allow Turkey to bomb them. According to reports, the decision stemmed from Trump's desire to get off the phone.
National Enquirer tried to protect Trump from allegation of forcibly raping 13-year-old girl: report
Two of the scandals swirling around President Donald appear to have collided in a blockbuster new book by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow.
Trump's relationship with American Media Incorporated (AMI), which owned the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid, has been under focus for a $150,000 hush money payment to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.
Trump has also faced ongoing scrutiny for his longtime friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
The relationship between the two scandals was examined in the new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.
Republican stumbles as he tries to defend Trump’s claim that Iran can be trusted to fight ISIS
During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) hit a snag while trying to justify President Trump's earlier contention that Russia and Iran would step in to fill the void left by the US after its withdrawal from northeast Syria, saying that "Russia, Iran, Syria and to maybe slightly lesser extent Turkey, they all hate ISIS as much as we do," during a Wednesday press conference alongside Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Speaking to Biggs, Fox News host Harris Faulkner pointed out that Trump's willingness to partly cede Syria's future to Iran contradicts his and other conservatives' rhetoric towards the Islamic Republic.