Mariee Juarez died

It’s time for Americans to ask ourselves who we are, and what we stand for

One of several vigils held for Mariee Juarez — a toddler who died after being held by ICE for six weeks.

Mariee Juarez died.

Mariee Juarez was a toddler when she died.

Mariee Juarez was a toddler who had just spent SIX WEEKS in ICE custody when she died.

Mariee Juarez was a toddler who had just spent SIX WEEKS in ICE custody, separated from her mother, when she died.

Mariee Juarez was a toddler who had been perfectly healthy before spending SIX WEEKS in ICE custody, separated from her mother, when she died.

Mariee Juarez was a toddler who had been perfectly healthy before spending SIX WEEKS in ICE custody — during which she was taken to the infirmary at AT LEAST SIX TIMES — but was only seen by a doctor once, when she died.

A government-issued image of the US Border Patrol Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas

And Mariee is not the only one.

Mariee is one of 52 people who have already died in ICE custody.

Mariee is one of 14,000+ children who are being held in ICE custody.

Mariee is one of 14,000+ children who are being held, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for months, in ICE custody.

Mariee is one of 39,322 people who are being held in ICE custody.

Mariee is one of 39,322 people who are being held in private, for profit prisons in ICE custody.

In America.
In the land of the free, the home of the brave.

Photo credit: The Associated Press, 2018

If you’ve read this far and your blood isn’t boiling, if you’re not outraged, then fine. Go on with your day. Go back to planning your Christmas — that holiday where you celebrate the birth of a man who taught mercy, compassion, empathy, kindness.
Go back to shopping for stocking stuffers and decorations.

But I’m hoping this moves you to action. Please look at this link
And pick at least ONE THING you will do, today, to keep another toddler from dying. To help FOURTEEN THOUSAND KIDS reunite with their families.

Here’s what you can do to stop ICE detentions

Because we’re not monsters.

Are we?

Happier times — Mariee Juarez in her Mother’s arms.