Mother of Baby Who Died After Detainment in Immigration Facility Sues U.S. for $60M
Yazmin Juarez lost her baby girl, Mariee, to a respiratory infection after she received subpar in a detention center in Texas.
Yazmin Juarez and her 19-month-old daughter, Mariee, entered a U.S. immigrant facility in Dilley, Texas. While in the detention center, the toddler developed a severe respiratory infection. Six weeks later the baby succumbed to the effects of the infection and now her mother is suing the U.S. government for $60 million for wrongful death.
Juarez claims the U.S. government's detention center was in conditions that were "unsafe, unsanitary, and inappropriate for small children." The claim also emphasized that the medical care she received was: "woefully inadequate, neglectful, and substandard."
The mother and daughter came from Guatemala when they were, ultimately, detained at the U.S. border by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March 1. They arrived at the South Texas Family Residential Center, where they remained for three weeks. Most of that time was spent by Yazmin desperately trying to save her daughter's life. The little girl received prescriptions. However, they didn't work.
ICE chose to discharge the pair although the baby was in situation to leave.
Juarez's pro bono attorney Stanton Jones of Arnold & Porter explained what happened in a statement, "Mariee entered Dilley a healthy baby girl and 20 days later was discharged a gravely ill child with a life-threatening respiratory infection. Within a week of entering Dilley, Mariee was running a 104-degree fever while suffering from a cough, congestion, diarrhea and vomiting. The medical staff who discharged her weeks later noted none of these conditions and cleared her for travel without viewing Mariee, conducting any kind of examination, or taking her vital signs."
The baby died of respiratory failure May 10.
Dr. Bernard Dreyer, the former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatrician at New York University Langone Health, confirmed Mariee's treatment was substandard. "After reviewing the medical records from Mariee's treatment at the Dilley detention facility, it is clear that ICE medical staff failed to meet the most basic standard of care and engaged in some troubling practices such as providing care over a long period of time by non-physicians without supervision," he said in Arnold & Porter's statement, "If signs of persistent and severe illness are present in a young child, the standard of care is to seek emergency care."
The South Texas Family Residential Center has been accused of being responsible for a child's death. In August, another child — whose identity remains anonymous — died after alleged "abuse and neglect." That family is also represented by Arnold & Porter.
"We are working with Yazmin and her family to obtain justice for the failures by ICE and others, and to ensure that no other family suffers such a needless and devastating loss."
ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea, denied the culpability of the detention center. She insisted that the center provides sufficient medical care and released a statement, that read: "ICE is committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency's custody, including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care. Staffing includes registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, licensed mental health providers, mid-level providers that include a physician's assistant and nurse practitioner, a physician, dental care and access to 24-hour emergency care."
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Christopher Paul Hasson's intended targets included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Cory Booker and CNN's Don Lemon.
Authorities have arrested Christopher Paul Hasson, a 49-year-old coast guard lieutenant, who intended to conduct a mass killing.
Hasson is a self-proclaimed white nationalist who had a detailed plan to execute prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists from CNN and MSNBC. He devised his plan with inspiration from Anders Breivik, who successfully completed terrorist attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway.
In order to get prepared to carry out his mission, Hasson accumulated steroids and human growth hormone "to increase his ability to conduct attacks," as outlined in Breivik's manifesto.
According to court documents filed on Tuesday, Hasson intended "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
Documents also state that "the defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."
A spokesman for the US Coast Guard Headquarters, Barry Lane stated, "An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice."
Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time.
While the master plan was to "kill almost every last person on the earth," his current hit list consisted of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas. Journalists on the list included CNN's Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough.
When law enforcement agents searched Hasson's house, they found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Hasson is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday for a hearing.
Proud Boys is a far-right, extremist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
On Monday, President Trump gave a speech in Miami to his supporters, and a member of the Proud Boys — who wore a "Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong!" T-shirt — sat in a prime spot behind him.
Ana Alvarez, a substitute teacher, asked the student why he continues to live in the U.S., "if it's so bad here."
"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.
The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.
"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."
"I will take your photo and send it to ICE. You don't belong here," said the attacker.
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Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
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