Jailed immigrant kills himself in Texas after reportedly being separated from family

14 June, 2018, 07:52 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Marco Antonio Munoz is seen in an image obtained by the Los Angeles Times

When Muñoz continued to protest the physical removal of his son, the agency transferred him to a nearby jail, where a guard found him dead in his cell the following morning.

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".

Video footage shows Munoz using a sweater to strangle himself.

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. "We'll draw a bill that gives us great border safety and security and it's fair".

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.


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.

Many who have criticized the policy have focused on its effect on children who are separated from their parents. He was apprehended on May 11 by agents with the Weslaco, Texas Border Patrol Station and allegedly became "disruptive and combative" while at a processing center for people in the country illegally, according to CBP.

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

Customs and Border Patrol said the incident highlights the dangers illegal aliens face at the hands of smugglers, placing them in unsafe conditions.

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