WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Guatemalan asylum seeker left some members of a U.S. House panel visibly shaken on Wednesday with the story of her daughter’s death, saying the toddler had contracted a deadly lung infection during a 20-day detention near the U.S. border with Mexico.
Yazmin Juarez told a House of Representatives subcommittee that it was “like they tore out a piece of my heart” when just weeks after they were released her daughter Mariee died at 19 months old.
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She said she left a hospital with nothing but a piece of paper with two handprints in pink paint that staff had made for her, and described through a translator how she missed her daughter’s hugs.
Juarez said it was hard to relive the experience, but wanted to shed light on the lack of medical care. “The world should know,” she said.
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“It can’t be so hard for a country like the United States to protect kids who are locked up.”
Juarez testified at the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that was examining treatment of refugees in U.S. detention.
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Apprehensions along the border have spiked to the highest in at least a decade, driven by families from Central America who say they are seeking asylum and fleeing violence in their home countries.
Images of filthy detention facilities jammed with refugees has sparked widespread criticism. On Monday U.N. human rights chief...
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