Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

But the next morning they found him dead in his cell. Officers booked Muñoz at almost 10:00 p.m. on May 12 and reportedly checked on the man every 30 minutes. The sheriff's office said he didn't show any mental health problems or say anything that might have suggested he was thinking about killing himself.

It says video footage showed Munoz used a sweater to strangle himself.

Representatives from the Starr County Sheriff's Office did not return multiple calls and emails for comment on Saturday.

Muñoz's death occurred around the same time the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to the prosecution of all immigrants who attempt to enter the country illegally.

ImageMarco Antonio MuñozCreditStarr County Sheriff’s Office
ImageMarco Antonio MuñozCreditStarr County Sheriff’s Office

These policies have drawn a lot of criticism and Democrats have recently introduced legislation that aims to prevent family separation at the border. "We'll draw a bill that gives us great border safety and security and it's fair".

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.

Border Patrol agents said that the illegal aliens were trapped inside the cabinets and tightly wrapped with straps covering the outside, leaving them with no way to escape. "Because I don't like these children being separated from their parents, I don't like it, I hate it!"

Muñoz, his wife, and their three-year-old son crossed the Rio Grande at the small Texas town of Granjeno on May 12, seeking to apply for asylum, according to border patrol agents the Post spoke with about the matter. It said he was sent to the Starr County jail after becoming "disruptive and combative". The Texas Rangers are now the lead investigative agency into Munoz's death.


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