Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border

Meeting Status: 
Rescheduled
Date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border

CHAIRMAN RASKIN'S OPENING STATEMENT

PURPOSE

The hearing will examine the impact of the Trump Administration’s deterrence policies on the humanitarian crisis at the border, recent reports of dangerous conditions and medical neglect, and the lack of accountability for abuse and misconduct at detention facilities. 

BACKGROUND

One of the hearing witnesses is Yazmin Juárez, who fled from Guatemala with her 19- month old daughter Mariee to seek asylum in the United States. They were held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility for nearly three weeks, where the toddler became increasingly ill. Ms. Juárez repeatedly requested medical care, and her daughter was prescribed medication, but her condition did not improve. Mariee was immediately hospitalized after ICE discharged them, but died six weeks later. Ms. Juárez has filed a wrongful death claim against the U.S. government.

WITNESSES

Panel One

Ms. Yazmin Juárez
Asylum Seeker and mother of 19-month-old Mariee, who died after detention by ICE

Panel Two

Mr. Michael Breen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Human Rights First

Ms. Clara Long
Deputy Washington Director
Human Rights Watch

Ms. Hope Frye
Executive Director
Project Lifeline

Dr. Carlos A. Gutierrez
Pediatrician
El Paso’s Children’s Hospital

Mr. Ronald D. Vitiello (Minority Witness)
Former Chief, U.S. Border Patrol
Former Acting Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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