A Mexican immigrant died in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody this week, BuzzFeed News reports. This is the fourth death involving CBP since December:
The man, who has not been identified, died at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, after being diagnosed with flulike symptoms, liver failure, and renal failure, US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
Just over a month ago, another Mexican man died in intensive care after being taken into custody by the agency. “He was found to have cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, the agency said in a statement,” the New York Times reported. In December, two migrant children, 7-year-old Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died. Both of their families have said the children were healthy before being taken into custody by CBP.
“These tragedies cannot continue to happen,” said Astrid Dominguez of the American Civil Liberties Union. “A transparent and independent investigation into the conditions at CBP detention facilities and its medical care practices is needed immediately. Only significant reforms to the agency and independent oversight can ensure the humane treatment of every person entering this country.”