Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell

Detained immigrant commits suicide in Texas jail cell

After being separated from his wife and three-year-old son when trying to cross the border into the USA last month, Marco Antonio Muñoz took his own life while being held in custody at a Texas jail.

Last month's death comes amid a new wave of aggressive Trump administration policies toward immigrants.

Honduran migrant Marco Antonio Munoz, 39, reportedly killed himself in a Texas jail after being separated from his family.

While being processed there, he became disruptive and combative so, for his safety and the safety of others, he was transferred to a jail in Starr County, Texas, CBP said.

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

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Video footage from inside the cell showed that Munoz tied his sweater around a drain grate in the floor, looped it around his neck and turned his body around several times, cutting off his circulation and breathing.

Representatives from the Starr County Sheriff's Office did not return multiple calls and emails for comment on Saturday. 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. Munoz was then transferred to the Rio Grande Valley Central Processing Center.

On May 7, days before Mr. Muñoz was apprehended at the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would criminally prosecute everyone who illegally crosses the Southwest border, in what he called a "zero tolerance" policy meant to deter new migrants, mainly from Central American countries like Honduras. Customs and Border Protection declined further comment.

The report was filed June 5 to the Texas attorney general's office and obtained by the Associated Press on Sunday.

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