Several Democratic congresswomen took to Twitter in emotional appeals to denounce the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for denying badly needed care to a very sick baby in their custody.
A sick illegal immigrant baby… that doesn’t exist, according to ICE.
The three Democrats took their cue from the liberal pro-illegal immigrant non-profit RAICES, which tweeted about a “devastating” story of a baby who “is currently very ill while locked up.”
According to the group, an illegal immigrant has been detained at the Karnes County Residential Center, in Karnes City, Texas, for over 21 days with his 1 year old son.
“My one-year-old son has had diarrhea every day since we arrived to Karnes. It has been over 21 days of non-stop diarrhea. It is a serious cause for concern when a one-year old baby has had diarrhea for so long,” the father is quoted as saying.
The illegal immigrant goes on to detail a litany of complaints about their treatment at the facility, according to the quotes provided by RAICES — which was calling for their release.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the first Democratic lawmaker to respond was Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas.
“We’ve been reaching out to
@ICEgov all day. Nada. No bueno,” she tweeted Sunday. “A child is sick. We need to know that medical care is being offered. Unacceptable.”
— Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) March 17, 2019
Next up was Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., who tweeted early Monday that the child is not receiving “adequate medical care.”
“Several children have already died in @ICEgov and @CBP custody. Right now, a very ill 1 year old child is suffering at Karnes and is not receiving the adequate medical care to get better. This child must be taken to a hospital immediately,” she tweeted.
Several children have already died in @ICEgov and @CBP custody. Right now, a very ill 1 year old child is suffering at Karnes and is not receiving the adequate medical care to get better. This child must be taken to a hospital immediately. @RAICESTEXAS #StoriesFromKarnes
— Rep. Norma Torres (@NormaJTorres) March 18, 2019
Joining the chorus was Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who called ICE “inhumane” for its failure to treat the sick baby in a tweet later that morning.
“Two children have already died while in @CBP custody. Right now, a very ill 1-year old baby is not receiving the adequate medical care at Karnes, TX. This is inhumane. This baby must be taken to a hospital immediately,” she tweeted.
Two children have already died while in @CBP custody. Right now, a very ill 1-year old baby is not receiving the adequate medical care at Karnes, TX.
This is inhumane. This baby must be taken to a hospital immediately. https://t.co/byMjGrO1NI
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) March 18, 2019
Mid-afternoon Monday, ICE responded to the reports to say there is no sick child.
“Out of an abundance of caution, in response to anonymous reports of a sick child, ICE officials completed auxiliary wellness checks over the weekend & confirmed that no child currently in custody at the Karnes FRC is exhibiting signs of dehydration…
“Nor was any resident seeking medical attention for a child with the symptoms described in the anonymous reports.”
…Nor was any resident seeking medical attention for a child with the symptoms described in the anonymous reports. Read the full statement on the false report of a sick child below. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/XW8WFqq0bc
— ICE (@ICEgov) March 18, 2019
A statement was included that said the agency takes very seriously the well being of those in their care, noting that it spends $269 million annually to care for those who enter the U.S. illegally.
Of course, a couple of hours after ICE dispelled the reports of a sick baby, RAICES proclaimed victory, tweeting that the man and his baby are getting released.
The baby & his dad are getting released!
We just got word. Can’t believe it. This happened because of your pressure. Thank you.
But remember: lots more families are still locked up. They need to be released as well.
We’re working to help the dad get medical care upon release.
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) March 18, 2019
As for the retched conditions at the Karnes detention center, the video below details the facility’s amenities.
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