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A Toddler's Death Adds To Concerns About Migrant Detention

An 18-month-old child died this spring after she was released from an immigrant detention facility in Texas. Lawyers representing her mother intend to sue the contractor for $40 million in damages.
Mariee Juárez and her mother Yazmin Juárez. Mariee died after being detained along with her mother at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas Source: Courtesy Yazmin Juárez

The death of a toddler is renewing concerns about the quality of medical care that immigrant families receive in federal detention centers.

Eighteen-month-old Mariee Juárez died after being detained along with her mother Yazmin Juárez at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Her mother says Mariee was a happy, healthy child when they arrived at the U.S. border in March to seek asylum.

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