A 52-year-old migrant from Nicaragua has died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, the agency reported.
The man was part of a group of 36 people from Central America who surrendered to Border Patrol agents west of Sasabe, Arizona, according to a CBP statement. Immigration officials say they were processing the group at a facility in Tuscon.
CBP said the man fell into “medical distress” and was rushed to the hospital.
“Border Patrol and Emergency Medical Services attempts to revive the man after he fell into medical distress were unsuccessful,” CBP said in a statement.
“CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody.”
NO. You’re not. These deaths wouldn’t be occurring if that were the case. How many more need to die for us to react as a nation? https://t.co/iBPmvzFSEu
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) July 5, 2019
“The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened to report that a 52-year-old man from Nicaragua was pronounced deceased early this morning after he was rushed to the hospital,” the agency said. “Our condolences are with his family.”
According to CNN, the latest death is the 12th person to die in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since September.
Other detainees to die in ICE custody since November include a 58-year-old Cuban man; two Russian nationals, a 40-year-old man and a 56-year-old man; a 54-year-old Mexican man; and a 21-year-old Indian national. A 25-year-old Salvadoran transgender woman, Jonathan Alberto “Johana” Medina Leon, died in the agency’s custody in early June.
Besides the 12 migrants who have died in US custody, a 2-year-old boy from Guatemala died in May at an El Paso hospital. The boy had suffered from complications of pneumonia and was not identified and not in US custody at the time of his death, Tekandi Paniagua, the Guatemalan consul general in Del Rio, Texas, told CNN. He had previously been in US custody.
Trump on Friday dismissed a damning report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General detailing the dirty, crowded and inhumane conditions at U.S. detention centers near the border while speaking to reporters outside of the White House.
The report shared photos from inside a detention center in Fort Brown Station in South Texas showing 88 men crowded into a room with a maximum capacity of 41.
One man held a sign that read: “HELP 40 Days Here.” Another photo showed men, women and children crowded in a cage at a detention center in McAllen, Texas.
“I think the Border Patrol has done an incredible job,” Trump said.
“I’ve seen some of those places, and they’re run beautifully. They’re clean, they’re good, they do a great job,” Trump said of the dangerously overcrowded detention centers.