President Donald Trump has repeatedly denied that there are poor conditions in migrant detention centers
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) â€” An asylum seeker and mother of a child who died after being held in ICE custody testified before lawmakers Wednesday.
Yazmine Juarez is suing the government for $60 million in a wrongful death suit. She told a panel of lawmakers that the death of her daughter tore a piece of her heart.
She said she brought her 19-month-old to the United States seeking asylum but instead, her daughter Maree died after being detained for weeks in a migrant detention center in Dilley, Texas.
Juarez told lawmakers Maree suffered from high fevers and didnâ€™t get the proper medical treatment while in custody.
Once released, Juarez took her to the hospital but Maree never recovered. She died a few weeks later.
The hearing highlighted the widespread problems within immigration facilities and included clips from those whoâ€™ve visited the centers.
â€œThe first thing that hit us was the smell, the smell of sweat urine and feces,â€ said Dr. Sara Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Juarez said the world needs to know whatâ€™s happening to many children in ICE jails. The hearing was called â€œKids in Cagesâ€ and Juarez said she decided to testify to prevent more kids from dying.
â€œIâ€™ve been to the border many times and to this day Iâ€™ve never seen a kid in a cage the way those words seem to indicate it,â€ Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tx) said.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly denied that there are poor conditions in migrant detention centers.