A Honduran man who "lost it" when he entered the United States and was told he would be separated from his family killed himself in a Texas jail cell, according to police and Border Patrol agents. They said they checked on him every 30 minutes and at least once more during the morning shift before they eventually found him unresponsive on the floor. Officers booked Muñoz at almost 10:00 p.m. on May 12 and reportedly checked on the man every 30 minutes.
It says video footage showed Munoz used a sweater to strangle himself.
Representatives from the Starr County Sheriff's Office did not return multiple calls and emails for comment on Saturday.
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.
Texas border patrol agents find 6 illegal immigrants trapped inside cabinets
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. "We'll draw a bill that gives us great border safety and security and it's fair". The administration made clear that while there is no single law mandating that children be separated from their parents at the border, that is often the result when a guardian becomes incarcerated.
The president has blamed Democrats for creating a law that requires children and parents to be separated, but no such law exists.
Customs and Border Patrol said the incident highlights the dangers illegal aliens face at the hands of smugglers, placing them in unsafe conditions.
A CBP spokesman declined to comment further on Sunday.