Third Migrant Dies in U.S. Border Patrol Custody

Another migrant has died after he had been taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Newsweek reported.

Although the man’s identity has not been revealed, police sources have reported that he re-entered illegally into the territory of the United States near Roma, Texas, and was detained by Roma Police Department.

The man was then taken to a hospital after he required medical help.

According to a statement issued by CBP, the man was released the following day after being cleared by medical professionals. He was placed into the custody of CBP at the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station.

The following day during a routine welfare check, the man requested medical attention and was again taken to the hospital.

At the time of his second visit, it was determined that the migrant was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure. He remained in the hospital until his death, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Feb. 18, CBP said.

“This loss of life is tragic. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones. CBP remains committed to ensuring the safe and humane treatment of those within the care of our custody,” Andrew Meehan, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in a statement.

The death of this immigrant is the third death that took place in the custody of the Border Patrol since December 2018. The previous two immigrants that died were a boy and a girl from Guatemala.

Many migrants choose to enter illegally, often by accessing dangerous and remote areas of the border.

Last week, as part of a bill to avoid a second government shutdown, Congress approved $415 million for humanitarian relief, the money is slated to go to medical care and improving the conditions at Border Patrol processing facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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