Toddler’s Death After Being in ICE Custody Spurs $60 Million Lawsuit
Mariee Juarez was just 19 months old when she and her mother, Yazmin Juarez, were taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Yazmin and Mariee made the journey from Guatemala and arrived at the United States border in May 2018, where they were taken into ICE custody.
Mariee and Yazmin were initially taken to a processing center in McAllen, Texas, where they spent three to four days sleeping on the floor of a cage along with roughly 25 other people, many of whom were children. After they were processed, the mother and daughter were transferred to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
Once at the residential center, Mariee began to fall gravely ill. She was looked after by a number of nurses and one physician, but allegedly received substandard care. Mariee was diagnosed with four different ailments and put on a number of medications, none of which worked, including one that was not recommended for children under the age of two.
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