Infant Dies After ICE Detainment, Now Her Mother Is Suing the US for $60 Million

First this mother was separated from her 1-year-old child at the border. Then after being held in an ICE detention center the child died. Now the mother is suing the United States for $60 million.

On Tuesday the Washington Post reported that Yazmin Juarez has filed a legal claim against the US government for the death of her daughter Mariee. According to the Post, the claim is against several different agencies.

Juarez and her daughter arrived in the US in March seeking asylum. Juarez says that her child received substandard medical care while she was in custody.

Juarez’s attorneys are arguing that the toddler developed a respiratory illness at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas where she was held after being detained. ICE released the child when she was still very sick. Six weeks later, after being hospitalized in Philadelphia for respiratory failure, Mariee died.

R. Stanton Jones, a lawyer at the law firm Arnold & Porter, told the Post that the government has six months to respond to the claim. If the US doesn’t settle the claim then the lawyers are prepared to file a lawsuit against the government.

“Having made the decision to jail small children, the U.S. government is responsible to provide living conditions that are safe, sanitary and appropriate,” Jones said.

In a statement ICE spokesperson Jennifer Elzea said, “ICE takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.”

There have been repeated complaints made about the Texas detention facility and their substandard care.