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yeah well I mean you call me tearful testimony visibly shook US lawmakers this week as Congress held hearings delving into conditions at American detention centers for asylum seekers innocent other than see on it com Y. ice detention centers are terrible inadequate places to lock children up as if they were animals on Wednesday Guatemalan asylum seeker Yasmeen Juarez told about how her nineteen month old daughter Marie fell ill in one such center and ran a fever during their twenty day stay in custody when they were released wiress took her daughter to an emergency room where she was placed in intensive care and died six weeks later in may let me also little speak then is there yeah when I left the hospital back a day all I had with me was a piece of paper with marines handprints and paint the staff had created for me it was the only thing that I had left just her handprints Marie is one of seven children who have died in the past year while in US custody or shortly after the release that comes after almost a decade with no reported deaths of kids in immigration detention and the spike in fatalities coincides with the surge of central American families seeking asylum at the southern border US border facilities designed to hold adults have been overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and the specific needs of children the White House plan to Mexico for failing to stop the migrants reaching US border and demanded funding from Congress for a border wall Republican lawmakers at Wednesday's hearing cited examples of border agents rescuing children from human traffickers and racing to resuscitate infants pulled from the Rio Grande the hearings continue Friday with testimony from attorney Laura Mukherjee who spent a week in June visiting a detention center for migrant children in Texas she told Reuters what you saw was deplorable I've been doing work with immigrant children and families in detention for more than twelve years now and I have never seen conditions as degrading and inhumane as what we saw and Clint the children there were hungry , thirty sec scared and all of them who I interviewed had been detained for the longer than the seventy two hour limit that the law requires Mukherjee will be joined by the department of homeland security's acting inspector general whose office put out a report describing horrific conditions for adults and children at immigration facilities scrambling for a solution to the crisis Congress in June approved a four point five billion dollar emergency funding bill including almost three billion dollars to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied children this week US border officials said they dramatically cut the number of children in custody for more than twenty five hundred in may to about two hundred the agency is turning children over to facilities run or funded by the department of health and Human Services such as a tent camp that just opened in Cory's of spring Texas , animation led protests for Friday insisting families belong together and many of the government close the camps