Did A Child Die Inside Dilley Texas ICE Detention Center

It is reported a child died after leaving an ICE detainment center located in Dilley Texas

  • Immigration attorney Mana Yegani tweeted about the death on Tuesday

  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association confirmed the child’s death but did not provide a name or timeline

  • ICE has said they cannot conduct an investigation into the death without a name and date of the death

Confusion engulfed a claim that a child died due to negligence inside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment center located in Dilley, Texas.

Word of the death began circulating on social media after Houston-based immigration lawyer Mana Yegani tweeted out the story on Tuesday. In the tweet, Yegani claimed the child died after staying in the Dilley Family Detention Center. Many misinterpreted the tweet as the child died inside the facility.

Update: The child died following her stay at an ICE Detention Center, as a result of possible negligent care and a respiratory illness she contracted from one of the other children.
The events took place in Dilley Family Detention Center in south Texas.

On Wednesday, Yegani tweeted out a screenshot of Melissa Lynn’s — the family’s personal friend and attorney — post on Facebook. In the post, Lynn said she was overwhelmed by the support she has received since Yegani’s tweet.

Wow, I am utterly overwhelmed at the outpouring of support I have received from attorneys, members of the press, and other kind souls regarding my friends.

I am doing my best to go through all of these resources, and I will chat with my friends later today about their options after I have spoken with their asylum counsel.

Thank you again for your kindness and willingness to help!

Yegani explained in another tweet that Lynn is a friend of the family. Then went on to say that while Yegani is in contact with Lynn, she has yet to receive confirmation from the victim’s family.

On Wednesday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association confirmed the death of a female toddler after leaving the Dilley detention center. AILA did not provide the girl’s name or a timeline of when the death occurred. In a statement from Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations, said at this time there is not a cause of death or information that links the death to medical treatment at the Dilley South Texas Family Residential Center.

AILA has learned that a toddler died soon after release from the Dilley South Texas Family Residential Center. We do not have information on the cause of death or information that confirms a connection between medical treatment at STFRC and this death.

ICE responded to the claim by saying no child died inside the Dilley detention facility. However, it was never claimed that a child died inside the facility. After clearing up the miscommunication issues, ICE stated they would not be able to conduct an investigation into the death without the child’s name and a time of death.



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