Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sheriff: Jailed immigrant killed self despite camera, checks

Sheriff: Jailed immigrant killed self despite camera, checks

A sheriff's report shows that a Honduran man who entered the US illegally killed himself in a Texas jail despite guards checking on him every half-hour and a camera in his padded cell. The statement says that while Munoz was being processed, he "became disruptive and combative" and was transferred to the Starr County jail.

The sheriff's report, obtained by The Washington Post, stated that the 39-year-old Honduran man was found on the floor of his jail cell.

Munoz was declared dead around 10 a.m., the report states.

It says video footage showed Munoz used a sweater to strangle himself. The Texas Rangers are now the lead investigative agency into Munoz's death.

The sheriff's report, like a CBP news release on Saturday, made no mention of details in the newspaper's story about why Munoz might have been so despondent.

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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.

These policies have drawn a lot of criticism and Democrats have recently introduced legislation that aims to prevent family separation 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 United States citizen, was arrested by Border Patrol and later turned over to Homeland Security officials who are likely to press charges.

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

Marco Antonio Munoz was apprehended by agents of the Weslaco, Texas, Border Patrol station on May 11 for attempting illegal entry into the U.S., according to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection.

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