Migrant Mother Testifies on Toddler’s Death at the Border

"I watched my baby girl die, slowly and painfully." Listen to Yazmin Juárez's heartbreaking testimony about her toddler's death shortly after they were released from a detention center.

"I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully."

This migrant mother gave a wrenching testimony about the loss of her daughter who died after being held in ICE custody. After the interview, the ICE official asked her why, for what had she come to the United States. She responded for her child’s future, but they hardly let her talk. And they said, “You know, this country is for Americans. My president is Donald Trump. We can take your little girl away from you and lock you in jail.” She came to the United States where she hoped to build a better and safer life for her daughter Mariee. Unfortunately, she watched her baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday.

Mariee had always been a super happy girl, and very healthy. She made the journey from Guatemala without any problems. They were held in CBP custody for three or four days in a facility known as the icebox because it’s known to freezing cold. They were locked in a cage with more than 30 other people — moms and children — and were forced to sleep on the concrete floor. Mariee died on what is Mother's Day in their country of origin. When she walked out of the hospital that day, all she had with her was a piece of paper with Mariee’s handprints in pink paint that the staff had created for me. It was the only thing that she had left. Only her hands. And the nurses had made it the day before as a Mother’s Day gift.

“You have no idea how hard it’s been for me to move forward without my daughter. I’m here today because I want to put an end to this. They shouldn’t allow any more children to die. Mariee could’ve been here today, but she isn’t,” concludes refugee mother Yazmin Juárez.


07/11/2019 8:31 PM
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  • Gérson N.
    7 days


  • Brut
    7 days

    No running water. Violently ill children. A premature baby wrapped in a filthy towel. Here are five alarming conditions witnessed by an immigration lawyer at a detention center on the southern border.

  • Sam L.
    7 days

    Shoulda stayed home. Its your fault not ours.

  • Tony L.
    7 days

    Right with those long beautiful nails, well groomed hair, necklace... You seem smart enough.... Why did you do this?

  • Ariel S.
    7 days

    Have kids? Don't cross the border illegally with them, hypocrite.

  • Nami V.
    7 days

    How is this happening in America?!?! The land of the free?!?

  • Peter C.
    7 days

    And how is it our fault?

  • Elizabeth T.
    7 days

    It’s sad this child died, but it had literally nothing to do with her time spent at the border. She didn’t get sick until nearly a week after she left. Any time you touch a door knob, a shopping cart, communal toys, whatever. That’s all it takes to get sick.

  • Jenni M.
    7 days

    Me saco lagrimas

  • Bonny R.
    7 days

    Don’t believe any of it just look at her come on people we have been lied to by the congress before what makes you think what they bring to the table now is the truth believe what you see not by what others tell you

  • Tomek W.
    6 days

    How much of the blame should be placed on her for putting her daughter through this?

  • Gail B.
    6 days

    You should have done things legally then your daughter would be here still!

  • David C.
    6 days

    Funny how an illegal, is dressed that nicely for court, very well groomed, and spreading AOCs lies. If she had enough money to even purchase her attire in this video, she wouldnt have to illegally enter this country, she would be a millionaire where she came from.

  • Jackie D.
    6 days

    Smh. The comments blaming her for her child's death explicitly shows me that our morality, is lost. God is shaking his head right now.

  • Carol B.
    6 days

    If they can not speak English then go back to were they came from & work at making their Own Country Better

  • David F.
    6 days

    This mother should be in prison

  • Gurpreet K.
    6 days

    I love how some fools are commenting she should have come in legally then her daughter would be alive. Do you not know how claiming asylum works? Lucky you that you can live with that ignorance. She followed procedure of claiming asylum

  • Michelle L.
    6 days

    Just like the Nazis - they follow the orders (some clearly happily) of their leader

  • Jalay G.
    6 days

    She had time to put make up on get her hair straight paint her nails? What kind of mourning mother does that? And she has to read whats written? If its truth it should come out without reading a goddamn speech

  • Nita B.
    6 days

    How incompetent can the medical field be??!!! Tylenol, honey, vapor rub for a respiratory infection?!!! Something smells!!!