Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

Marco Antonio Munoz is seen in an image obtained by the Los Angeles Times Marco Antonio Munoz is seen in an image obtained by the Los Angeles Times
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 07:57

A Honduran father who was arrested and forcibly separated from his wife and child while trying to enter the United States, killed himself in a padded cell, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

Video footage shows Munoz using a sweater to strangle himself.

"C.B.P. takes every loss of life very seriously and has initiated an internal review to ensure these policies were followed", the agency's statement said, referring to the agency's standards on transport, escort, detention and search. The report doesn't say what time that occurred and the sheriff's office didn't respond to requests for comment Sunday. Last month, the administration chose to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that is likely to result in the separation of immigrant parents from their children at the border.

These policies have drawn a lot of criticism and Democrats have recently introduced legislation that aims to prevent family separation at the border.

U.K. Minister Phillip Lee Resigns Ahead of Brexit Bill Showdown
Pro-EU lawmakers, however, welcomed it as a signal that the government was moving towards ruling out a hardline "no deal" Brexit. But it's also worth recalling that the wording of his amendment was later deemed so weak that the Lords had to beef it up.

Law enforcement officials say the incident illustrates the dangers immigrants face from human traffickers, who place their lives at extreme risk in order to get them over the border. As the president was leaving the G7 summit, he said he would be open to a bill. "Because I don't like these children being separated from their parents, I don't like it, I hate it!"

The CBP statement said Munoz was apprehended by officers from its the Weslaco border station and transferred to the Rio Grande Valley immigration processing center.

It said Border Patrol contacted the Honduran consulate about reclaiming his body, but received no answer.

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