Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell


As NBC News reported, Marco Antonio Muñoz was found dead of an apparent suicide at a jail in Starr County, Texas, on May 13, according to a statement from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson on Sunday. 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.

Video footage shows Munoz using a sweater to strangle himself.

Representatives from the Starr County Sheriff's Office did not return multiple calls and emails for comment on Saturday. Last month, the administration made a decision to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that is likely to result in the separation of immigrant parents from their children at the border. As the president was leaving the G7 summit, he said he would be open to a bill.

The driver of the vehicle, a USA citizen, was arrested by Border Patrol and later turned over to Homeland Security officials who are likely to press charges.

"We've worked with parents who have shared suicidal thoughts and who have attempted to take their own lives because of the experience of detention", Mr. Tullius said.

Many who have criticized the policy have focused on its effect on children who are separated from their parents.

The president has blamed Democrats for creating a law that requires children and parents to be separated, but no such law exists.

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.

The sheriff's office and Texas Rangers, who are investigating the death, didn't immediately comment.

It said Border Patrol contacted the Honduran consulate about reclaiming his body, but received no answer.