Honduran immigrant commits suicide in Texas jail after separation from family

Marco Antonio Muñoz, Honduran immigrant in U.S.   Photo: Democracy Now

Dallas, June 12 (RHC)-- An undocumented immigrant from the Central American nation of Honduras was found dead in a jail cell in the U.S. state of Texas of an "apparent suicide" last month after his wife and son were separated from him at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement confirming the death of Marco Antonio Muñoz but made no mention of details in a report by The Washington Post that the man was enraged after he was separated from his wife and son.

Muñoz was apprehended at the Weslaco, Texas, border station on May 11 and transferred to the Rio Grande Valley immigration processing center.  The statement said that while Munoz was being processed, he "became disruptive and combative" and was transferred to the Starr County jail where he was found unresponsive on May 13th.

However, the statement did not mention that Marco Antonio Muñoz was with his wife and 3-year-old son when he was separated, the Post reported, citing unnamed CBP agents.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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