Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

Six illegal immigrants from Mexico were discovered Monday at the border in Laredo Texas trapped in cabinets

Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

The Post report, citing unnamed Border Patrol agents, said he was with his wife and 3-year-old son and separated from them, but the federal statement made no mention of family members. The cause of death was defined as a "suicide in custody".

Laredo Border Patrol agents, assigned to the checkpoint at U.S. Highway 59, discovered them after a service canine alerted the agents to the possible presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics in the truck. Muñoz was extremely "agitated" and the Border Patrol considered him "pre-assault" despite never attacking agents. Officers booked Muñoz at almost 10:00 p.m. on May 12 and reportedly checked on the man every 30 minutes.

The Post obtained a report from the sheriff's department, which detailed how Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, "was found on the floor of his cell May 13 in a pool of blood with an item of clothing twisted around his neck".

The driver of the truck, a USA citizen, was arrested at the checkpoint and then turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.

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Last month's death comes amid a new wave of aggressive Trump administration policies toward immigrants. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Friday that she was introducing a bill aimed at keeping families together. "Families must be allowed to go through the process of seeking protection in the US together, without unnecessary and harmful separation".

Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Homan defended family separation when speaking to the United Nations last week stating that while "it's sad to see children cry when you take a parent out of a home" it "doesn't mean that we ignore the law".

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