Today’s attack on the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is that an “immigrant” child died in ICE custody due to neglect by American officials. But, now it turns out that this is essentially a lie.
The original accusation came from Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani who jumped to Twitter to say, “There are reports that a child died in ICE custody in Dilley, Texas. Getting more information as the story develops. It’s unclear where the parent(s) of the child is. Some reports indicate that they maybe in New Jersey while child was in Texas.”
A few hours later, Yegani updated the tweet: “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.”
But, according to Daily Caller, ICE denied the reports:
Reports that a child died in ICE custody at Dilley are false.
— ICE (@ICEgov) August 1, 2018
ICE said the claims were false on Wednesday through Twitter. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrant Separated From Child With Down Syndrome, Detained As Smuggling Witness)
“Please note that the person who originally tweeted that later posted an update that retracted the original accusation,” ICE said to The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email Wednesday. “The updated accusation leaves little to no info that allows us to research.”
Yegani posted Wednesday that she was informed about the death through attorney Melissa Lynn, a friend of the victim’s family. Yegani also said that she was not in direct contact with the family.
“Last night a lawyer in Wash DC, posted on FB, seeking recommendations for a lawyer to represent a family whose child died AFTER her stay at Dilley Detention Cntr in TX,” Yegani tweeted. “I made the news public.I am in touch with Melissa-the lawyer, but have no confirmation from the victim’s family.”
ICE is currently looking into the reports of the death after custody, but is unable to provide further information at the time until they have the specifics.
Sadly, in the meantime and before all the facts are known, the media has jumped to the story claiming that ICE is now killing kids.
So, who is this “lawyer” who is whipping up fake news about ICE?
According to Heavy.com:
On Twitter, Yegani defines herself as “Award winning immigration lawyer. Passionate about Immigrants. Patriotic American. 🇺🇸🐶😻 Love dogs & cats.”
Yegani uses Twitter to speak out on behalf of immigrants and against the president’s immigration policies. “If they ask for a visa, the US government won’t give them one. If they stay in their country their kids get killed by the gangs. So they are damned if they try to come the legal or illegal way,” she wrote recently.
She has spoken out previously about Trump’s travel ban.
She also writes about DACA. “A short important thread on DACA: 1- Those who have DACA, go ahead & put in your renewal application even if your status doesn’t expire in 150 days. USCIS will accept the renewal application for NOW. 2. As of Aug. 8 there could be a 🛑 stop on all renewals from a fed judge in TX,” Yegani said a recent tweet.
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