Guatemalan mother brings AOC to tears with account of harrowing ,
In powerful testimony before the House Oversight Committee that brought Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tears, Yazmin Juárez described the conditions on the U.S. border with Mexico that led to the death of her 19-month-old daughter Mariee in May 2018.
Legislators sat soberly as Juárez spoke, a Spanish-to-English translator at her side. A critic of President Trump’s immigration policy, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,
The photo was also projected on screens in the hearing room, providing a haunting visual supplement to Juárez’s testimony. Juárez recounted how Mariee was healthy during the journey from Guatemala but that, after they were
Apprehended by Customs and Border Protection, the two were taken to a facility so cold, it was nicknamed “the icebox.” Juárez said their cell was a cage with about 30 other families. For bedding, they simply slept on the concrete floor.
Juárez was unable to get proper care for her daughter, she alleged in her testimony. She said that when she finally did see medical professionals again, they told her to give Mariee fluids and a vapor rub. At one point, U.S. authorities treated Mariee by giving her a popsicle.
“My baby got sicker,” Juárez continued. “She was vomiting constantly. Her fever kept going up. She wouldn’t eat or sleep. Her body was weak.” When Juárez and her daughter were released from detention, she was diagnosed with a viral infection.
She languished in hospitals for several weeks before finally passing away, just a few months shy of her second birthday. “I’m here today because I want to put an end to this,” Juárez said tearfully near the conclusion ,
Of her testimony in an apparent reference to President Trump’s policy of separating children from families, as well as the broader conditions that, critics say