El Salvador Migrant Dies in Border Patrol Custody

A man from El Salvador has died while being held in federal immigration custody, U.S. Customs and Border Protection shared Saturday night, Washington Examiner reported.

The death marks the eighth such incident where a person in custody died after passing through Border Patrol this fiscal year, which started in October.

CBP has not shared details about incidents surrounding the death, including when he was taken to the hospital, the date of death, or what symptoms he was showing that prompted the hospital call, the news outlet adds.

“Protection are saddened by the unfortunate death of a 43-year-old man from El Salvador who was rushed to the hospital after falling into medical distress,” CBP said in a statement. “Our condolences are with his family. CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody.”

A law enforcement official told the Associated Press the man, who crossed into the U.S. with his daughter, had been held at the Rio Grande Valley central processing center in McAllen, Texas, for about a week and had been medically checked after experiencing health problems.

The official said the daughter, whose age has not been disclosed, was still in Border Patrol custody and is in the process of being transferred to a government-run shelter for unaccompanied children who cross the southern border.

Border Patrol and the Trump administration have been criticized in recent weeks for sub-standards some migrants are being held in at overcrowded federal facilities, including a recent incident at a Clint, Texas, facility involving children.

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