A Mexican man died on Monday February 18th after being taken into US Border Patrol custody earlier in the month on suspicion of illegal entry at the US-Mexico border, Reuters reported, citing officials.
His death follows that of two migrant children who died while in US custody in December, prompting an order for medical checks on all children in custody.
The 45-year-old man, who was not identified by US Customs and Border Protection, was taken into custody on February 2nd in Texas near the Roma Port of Entry on suspicion of "illegal entry," officials said in a statement released Monday.
After requesting medical help, he was taken to the McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas, where he was diagnosed with ailments including cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure. However, the cause of the man's death has not yet been determined, officials said.
"This loss of life is tragic. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones," Andrew Meehan, a CPB spokesman, said in a statement.
In December, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into US Border Patrol custody. A second child, an 8-year-old boy who belonged to a family of indigenous Maya, died on Christmas Day after earlier being diagnosed with a common cold and fever.