Affected Heart Migrant Dies In US Border Custody

Tucson, United States.

The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported Tuesday of the death of an undocumented immigrant of Mexican origin who suffered from the heart in a local Arizona hospital while in the custody of the Border Patrol.

The man, who was not identified by the authorities, suffered from a preexisting heart disease.


The federal agency said the events occurred last Sunday, when the 49-year-old immigrant was arrested by Border Patrol agents south of the town of Casa Grande, near Tucson, Arizona.

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During his detention it was determined that the man required medical attention, so he was transported to a local hospital in the southern border state.

The undocumented immigrant died Monday morning, according to a press release provided by CBP.

The federal agency quotes doctors who treated the man, who suffered, they said, from a pre-existing heart problem.

The area where the now deceased was found is a route frequently used by undocumented immigrants to cross the Arizona desert, a journey that can take several days on the road, which represents a great physical effort for the human body.

Undocumented dead

This is the first death of an undocumented immigrant in the Tucson Sector that operates the Border Patrol during the current fiscal year 2019-2020, which began on October 1.

This is the second death recorded in the southern border strip since then.

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Precisely on October 1, the death of an immigrant from Cameroon was reported while in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) in San Diego, California, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

The Cameroonian, identified as Nebane Abienwi, had requested to enter the United States by crossing San Ysidro, in the border area adjacent to Tijuana (Mexico), on September 5.

The cause of death, detailed then the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE), was brain death caused by hemorrhage in the basal ganglia.

The CBP has not yet released the official figures on the number of deaths recorded along the Mexican border during the past fiscal year.



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