The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said that a toddler suffered tragic death after being released from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Dilley, Texas. AILA has put-forth that cause of infant’s death is unknown, and also that there is no connection confirming a link between medical treatment at STFRC and the infant’s death.
Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations for the association, did not name the child or say when the death occurred. However, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that they could not look into the matter without having appropriate information about the child.
“Reports that a child died in ICE custody at Dilley are false,” the agency tweeted. Chen however said that the association lawyers have “seen ongoing inadequacies in the standard of care provided to mothers and children in Dilley, and have filed complaints with the government raising these concerns.”
The death of child and the unknown reason of death spread like a wild fire on social media, triggering a horrendous outrage just weeks after Donald Trump’s administration halted a controversial practice of separating the family as they cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
A lot of families have reunited as a result of the policy in the recent days at Dilley and the other centers of ICE. These centers also house families taken into custody at the border, but not separated by the government. Therefore, it makes it even more difficult to say whether the child was among the minors who had been separated.
“Without a name or more specific information, we are unable to research this allegation,” ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said in a statement. “That doesn’t make the allegation true, just impossible to refute.”
The Dilley is among the largest centers of ICE’s, and can hold up to 2,400 people. With this number of people, it cannot be inferred if the incident actually occurred or was forged against the Trump’s policy of immigration. However, the conditions at the immigration centers continue to remain the fieriest topic of debate.