Report: Mexican man in CBP custody died from natural causes

Immigration

(Border Report graphic)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A Mexican man who died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2019 died of medical-related issues and there is no evidence of DHS personnel or contractors contributing to the death, according to findings released this month.

A report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General said the unnamed man was taken into CBP custody on March 17, 2019 — almost two and half years ago — and was transferred to the Las Palmas Medical Center that evening. He died the next day.

The Office of the Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory found that the man died from strep throat and the flu. High blood pressure was a contributing factor.

OIG reviewed video from the Paso Del Norte Processing Center and interviewed undocumented noncitizens, Border Patrol agents, medical personnel, and Emergency Medical Technicians to verify the death of the individual.

The report from DHS said the man died from natural causes and there is no evidence of DHS personnel or contractors contributing to the death of the individual.

For more information, visit www.oig.dhs.gov.

For local and breaking news, sports, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE KTSM 9 News App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Supply chain issues, Omicron Variant worries impact Christmas shopping in El Paso

KTSM 6pm news update 11/30/2021

ktsm 5pm update 1130

'Paisanos' continue visiting relatives in Mexico despite pandemic

El Paso District Attorney facing potential criminal charge for alleged misuse of state funds

City invites residents to 'Buy El Paso Days'

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link

More from Border Report

More Border Report