Yazmin Juárez, the mother of a Guatemalan toddler who died in May is claiming that the girl became ill and received negligent medical care while detained with hundreds of other families at an immigration jail in Texas.
She filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a possible lawsuit, seeking $40 million in damages from the city of Eloy, Ariz., which administers the federal contract for the South Texas Family Residential Center from more than 900 miles away.
The 20-year-old mother also plans to file a claim next month against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to sue CoreCivic, the private contractor that runs the 2,400-bed detention center, said Stanton Jones, a D.C.-based lawyer for Arnold & Porter, which is handling the case pro bono.
Government Gives Migrant Children Shipped to Connecticut Legal Immigration Status
Six weeks after a judge ordered a pair of migrant children in Connecticut to be reunited with their parents, the government granted each child one year of legal immigration status in the United States, according to NBC Connecticut.
The two children, a 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador, each were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in connection with President Donald Trump’s former zero-tolerance immigration policy.
A federal judge in Connecticut ruled that the U.S. government’s separation of the children from their families was unconstitutional. It was the first ruling in the country to find the practice violates the constitutional rights of the children and not just the parents.
Dozens of Immigrant Parents Remain Separated from Their Children
A month after a court-ordered deadline for reuniting families separated by U.S. agents at the Mexican border, more than 500 children remain in government custody and some 60 parents remain in immigration detention facilities with little explanation about the status of their children. Their frustration was evident as they spoke to the media.
The Trump administration said it met the July 26 reunification deadline set by U.S. District Judge Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego because it had reunited all parents and children it deemed “eligible.” But in a court filing last week, the administration said 528 separated children still remained in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency in charge of the children taken from their parents.
Much of the focus of Sabraw and the media has been on the 343 children whose parents were deported without them; less attention has been paid to the dozens of children the government says it still holds in custody because their parents remain in immigration detention for vague “red flag” reasons.