Trump and Extermination


Deaths under Immigration Officer’s Supervision


          During the time of this course construction, the Trump Administration has not begun engaging in the mass killings of immigrants, yet. I actively include the word “yet” because once this stage is enacted, it is done so swiftly and sweepingly, preventing international and domestic interference. From the information we have reviewed throughout this course, it is evident the path the Trump Administration is on, and without intervention will continue to progress towards the mass murder of immigrants by the United States. In this section, we will review the deaths of immigrants detained by the Trump Administration.

           Each of these individuals were just like you and me, human, and hoping for a better life. A life where each human being is constitutionally endowed with rights to freedom, opportunity, and equal protection under the law. However, once they crossed into the land of the free, America murdered them, simply because of their immigration status. The total number of deaths of immigrants in ICE custody is not quantifiable, because ICE does not consider deaths which occur after a person’s time in detention. This is misleadingly dangerous, for the conditions forced upon immigrants in ICE detention centers often contribute or create health challenges, as well as death. Furthermore, ICE and CBP maintain separate systems for notifying the public of deaths under their custody, which often results in an inaccurate understanding of the true number of deaths due to the Trump Administration’s policies. 

          First, we will review the deaths of individuals formally recorded by ICE. Required by law, ICE must release a statement of an individual’s death on their website, as well as to Congress, within 24 hours. In the statements released by ICE, the name of the deceased person is almost never in the initial paragraph. In fact, each statement is titled and begins with the nationality of the deceased person. The latter half of these statements are exclusively reserved for recounting the deceased’s immigration and/or criminal histories. This statement structure avidly removes the humanity from the deceased, by belittling their existence into the confines of their nationality and attempts for securing a better life. Then, we will review the deaths of children under the Trump Administration. Following this, we will review recorded deaths under CBP custody compiled by the Southern Border Communities Coalition. 



34 Deaths Reported by Ice under Trump Administration:



Name: Roger Rayson

Age: 47 Nationality: Jamaican

Detention Location: LA

Detention Duration: 2 month

Cause of Death: Diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, treatable, but died 9 days later. 

Date of Death: March 13, 2017

ICE Announcement

          Roger Rayson was the first immigrant detainee to die under the Trump Administration. Rayson was transferred from the LaSalle Detention Facility to a nearby hospital on February 11 due to nausea, vomiting, and pain. At the hospital, Rayson was diagnosed with Burkitt Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is curable with treatment. Nine days following the diagnosis, Rayson died. Rayson’s death was undoubtedly preventable, and is mentioned in the ICE WhistleBlower report we reviewed earlier in the course, No. 14. 

          14. Complaint No. 17-06-ICE-0582 CRCL received a referral from the DHS OIG regarding the death of Roger Rayson (A206 839 071), an ICE detainee at Jena/LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana. According to the complainant, Mr. Rayson's healthcare was "deplorable." Mr. Rayson's preliminary cause of death was ruled as subdural hemorrhages resulting in a traumatic brain injury. The complainant claimed that multiple requests for the Uniform Corrective Action Plan (UCAP) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) were made to IHSC leadership, but IHSC did not respond.




Name: Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba

Age: 32

Nationality: Nicaraguan

Detention Location: Adelanto Detention Facility

Detention Duration: 3 months

Cause of Death: Self-Inflicted Strangulation

Date of Death: March 28, 2017

ICE Announcement

FOIA Document--Detainee Death Review 

          Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba was detained for three months at the Adelanto Detention Facility (ADF) before passing away March 28, 2017. During his time in detention, Mr. Gonzalez refused to eat meals, informing staff he had been sexually assaulted, and preferred to die of starvation than a sexually transmitted infection. Mr. Gonzalez was taken to formally report the incident, and then to meet with the facility doctor. The doctor noted Mr. Gonzalez appeared psychotic and delusional, and requested his transfer to the Alvarado Parkaway Institute, a behavioral health hospital. Prior to this transfer, no mental or medical health assessments of Mr. Gonzalez was conducted by staff. After a week at the hospital where Mr. Gonzalez was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, asthma, and dysphoria, he returned to ADF. Here, he was placed in isolation, and refused to take his medication. After a week of solitary confinement, Mr. Gonzalez committed suicide by hanging himself from his bed sheet attached to the ladder of his bunk bed. 



Name: Sergio Alonso Lopez

Age: 55

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Adelanto Detention Facility

Detention Duration: over 2 months

Cause of Death: internal bleeding

Date of Death: April 13, 2017

ICE Announcement

FOIA Document--Detainee Death Review

          During intake, Lopez informed U.S. officials he took Methadone for over 17 years for heroin withdrawal. The nurse failed to notify staff Lopez was most likely in withdrawal, claiming she never received training on how to address opioid withdrawal. Despite a doctor diagnosing Lopez with opioid withdrawal, nurses at the Adelanto Detention Facility failed to administer his medication on two instances. Furthermore, facility staff failed to record methadone withdrawal on Lopez’s problem list, failed to conduct doctor recommended testing, and delayed Mr. Lopez’s access to medical treatment on multiple occasions throughout February and March. On April 1, 2017, he informed officers he was coughing up blood and unable to control his bowels. Lopez was then transferred to the Victor Valley Global Medical Center, where he would eventually die from internal bleeding. 



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Name: Jean Jimenez Joseph

Age: 27

Nationality: Panamanian

Detention Location: Stewart Detention Facility GA

Detention Duration: Over 2 months

Cause of Death: Self-inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: May 15, 2017

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Review

Article on Death  

          Jean Jimenez Joseph, a DACA recipient, died by suicide in solitary confinement at the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia May 15, 2017. According to a family member, Joseph was held in solitary confinement for 19 days for attempting suicide by jumping from the second floor. During his 23 hours a day of isolation, Joseph’s psychosis intensified. Despite this, Joseph was not classified under suicide watch. Five days before his death, a nurse witnessed Joseph hitting the metal mirror in his call while shouting he could hear voices telling him to kill himself. Throughout his duration in detention, Joseph placed multiple requests for higher doses of his anti-psychotic medicine. At this time, the facility only distributed one fourth of his prescribed dosage. On the day of his death, facility staff witnessed Joseph jumping rope with the knotted bed sheet he would later hang himself with, but did not interfere. On the walls of his cell Joseph wrote “Hallelujah The Grave Cometh”, before hanging himself from the ceiling sprinkler. 




Name: Atulkumar Babubhai Patel

Age: 58

Nationality: Indian

Detention Location: Atlanta City Detention Center

Detention Duration: 2 days

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Date of Death: May 13, 2017

ICE Announcement 

          On May 10, Atulkumar Babubhai Patel was detained at the Atlanta airport for lack of proper immigration documentation. Upon his transfer to the Atlanta City Detention Center where an initial medical screening recorded high blood pressure and diabetes. Two days later, a nurse transferred Patel to the hospital due to his blood sugar and shortness of breath. According to the announcement released by ICE, Patel passed away at the hospital from congestive heart failure. 



Name: Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga

Age: 46

Nationality: Honduran

Detention Location: Adelanto Detention Facility

Detention Duration: 9 days

Cause of Death: Acute coronary syndrome

Date of Death: May 31, 2017

ICE Announcement

          While playing soccer at the Adelanto Detention Facility, Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga collapsed. On his way to the hospital, Caceres died in the ambulance shortly after 7 pm. Caceres had been diagnosed with hypertension and an umbilical hernia while detained, and ultimately passed from acute coronary syndrome.



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Name: Carlos Mejia Bonilla

Age: 44

 Nationality: Salvadoran

Detention Location: Jersey City Medical Center

Detention Duration: 2 months

Cause of Death: gastrointestinal bleeding

Date of Death: June 10, 2017

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          Carlos Majia Bonilla, a father of four and business owner who had lived in the United States for 25 years was detained by ICE and held at the Hudson County Correctional Center in New Jersey. Prior to his detainment, Mr. Bonilla was battling cirrhosis, a chronic and treatable liver disease. Throughout his time in detention, his family members assert Mr. Bonilla was not receiving his prescribed medications to treat his cirrhosis. Mr. Bonilla’s official cause of death was internal and hemorrhagic shock, treatable complications commonly experienced by those with cirrhosis. Mr. Bonilla began to bleed three days before hemorrhaging to death. The family is currently pursuing legal retribution from the U.S., here is a link to the court filings.



Name: Osvadis Montesino-Cabrera

Age: 37

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Krome North Service Processing Center, Florida

Detention Duration: 2 months

Cause of Death: Self inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: September 1, 2017

ICE Announcement of Death

Death Review

           Throughout his duration in detention, Osvadis Montesino-Cabrera issued multiple requests for medical attention for extreme and persistent bladder pain. After numerous assertions, Cabrera was eventually transferred to a local hospital. While at the hospital, Cabrera requested to take a shower, which the immigration officers permitted. After receiving no verbal responses from Cabrera after the water shot off, officers entered the room to discover Cabrera hanging from the ceiling sprinkler head by a black strap. Officers and nurses immediately began efforts to resuscitate Cabrera, but were unsuccessful. 



Name: Felipe Almazan-Ruiz

Age: 51

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: IAH Secure Adult Detention Center tx

Detention Duration: 2 months

Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Date of Death: Sep. 17, 2017

ICE Announcement of Death

          Almazan-Ruiz was transferred to Polk County from Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The facility he was transferred to is infamous for their detention of migrants in dangerous conditions. According to ICE, Almazan died of cardiac arrest after being admitted for treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. He was transferred to Livingston Memorial hospital and then to the Conroe Regional Medical Center. He would die here of cardiac arrest. 



Name: Kamyar Samimi

Age: 64

Nationality: Iranian

Detention Location: Aurora Contract Detention Facility CO

Detention Duration: Less than 1 month

Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Date of Death: Dec. 2, 2017

ICE Announcement

          On November 15, 2017, Kamyar Samimi, a green card carrying citizen since 1979, was arrested and detained due to a past charge for cocaine possession from 12 years ago. An internal ICE review of Samimi’s death revealed severe deficiencies in his medical care. According to ICE, Samimi was placed in medical observation immediately after processing because Samimi reported suffering from depression, methadone and heroin addiction, and vomiting blood. 11 days later, Samimi was placed on suicide watch after an officer witnessed him tying a bed sheet around his neck. On December 2, Samimi attempted to enter his wheelchair but collapsed and vomited blood. He was immediately transferred to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. In an independent autopsy conducted of Samimi, the forensic pathologist noted Methadone withdrawal could not be ruled out as a cause of death. 



Name: Yulio Castro-Garrido

Age: 33

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Stewart Detention Facility GA

Detention Duration: Less than 2 months

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Date of Death: Jan 30. 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Review

            Yulio Castro-Garrido first began experiencing symptoms of a cough, runny, nose, and congestion on January 6, 2018. The nurse on staff recorded Castro had an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, irritate tonsils, and a temperature of 100.2, and prescribed him Benadryl. The following day Castro’s symptoms worsened, with the nurse noting abnormal vital signs and ill physical appearance. Castro’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he was transferred to Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center on January 7th, where he was diagnosed with multifocal pneumonia and influenza A. He was later transferred to the Phoebe Putney memorial Hospital, who determined his right lung collapse after Castro went into respiratory failure, and medically paralyzed Castro to ventilate him. The Mayo Clinic then assumed care of Castro, who went into cardiac arrest January 23, and fell into a coma. On January 30, 2018, he passed away.



Name: Luis Ramirez-Marcano

Age: 59

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Kendall Regional Medical Center FL

Detention Duration: 1 month

Cause of Death: Abdominal Pain

Date of Death: Feb. 19, 2018

ICE Announcement

          According to the statement put forward by ICE, Luis Ramirez-Marcano complained of abdominal pain, and was transferred to the Kendall Regional Medical Center on February 17. The following day, Ramirez-Marcano was taken to the intensive care unit, where his condition continued to deteriorate. On February 19, 2018, Luis Ramirez-Marcano passed away. A death review or autopsy from an independent agency has yet to be released to the public. 



Name: Gourgen Mirimanian

Age: 54

Nationality: Armenian

Detention Location: Prairieland Detention Center, Texas

Detention Duration: Over 2 months 

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: April 10, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

           On December 12, 2017, Gourgen Mirimanian was placed into ICE custody, and eventually transferred to the Prairieland Detention Center in Texas February 7, 2018. Throughout his detainment, Mirimanian was recorded by medical staff of a history of hyperlipidemia and hypertension. On March 7, Mirimanian complained of enduring harsh chest pains for 10 days, and his EKG results were slightly abnormal. A few weeks later, Mirimanian was evaluated by medical staff who diagnosed him with a cold. On April 10, 2018, Mirimanian was found unresponsive in his cell, and passed away shortly after. 


Name: Ronald Cruz

Age: 39

Nationality: Honduran

Detention Location: Port Isabel Detention Center TX

Detention Duration: 2 days

Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Date of Death: May 16, 2018

ICE Announcement

           According to the statement released by ICE, Ronald Francisco Romero died on May 16, 2018 of cardiac arrest. However, allegation No. 17 and an independent autopsy performed of his body demonstrate Romero passed due to negligent medical care at the Port Isabel Detention Center. The autopsy, requested by Romero’s family, showed he passed of a bacterial meningitis, which began as an ear infection before spreading to his brain. Furthermore, the report concludes Romero would have been incredibly visibly ill for multiple days before his death. Below is the allegation from the Whistle Blower complaint.

          17. Complaint No. 18-08-ICE-0614 CRCL received a referral from the DHS OIG regarding the death of Ronald Cruz (A078 963 293), an ICE detainee at Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas. According to the complainant, the medical care rendered to Mr. Cruz was "grossly negligent." Mr. Cruz's preliminary cause of death on May 16, 2018 was ruled as meningitis. The complainant alleged that the mortality review committee was erroneous in concluding that the care rendered to Mr. Cruz was appropriate.



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Name: Jeffry Hernandez

Age: 33

Nationality: Honduran

Detention Location: Lovelace Medical Center NM

Detention Duration: 12 days

Cause of Death: Symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration, and complications

Date of Death: May 25, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          Roxana Hernandez, a transgender woman from Honduras, died in ICE custody May 25, 2018. Roxana traveled to the United States with hundreds of Central Americans hoping to gain asylum under the Convention of Torture. For the first days of her detainment, Roxana was not medically evaluated, and presented forms in English. At her third detainment location, Roxana was examined and notified medical staff she had untreated HIV. Within two days, Roxana became very ill and was transferred to the hospital, where she remained in intensive care for 8 days before her death. 



Name: Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion

Age: 34

Nationality: Egyptian

Detention Location: detention holding area in the Cairo International Airport

Detention Duration: 1 year 4 months

Cause of Death: Alleged Suicide

Date of Death: June 8, 2018

ICE Announcement

          On June 8, 2018, Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion died by suicide in a bathroom at the Cairo International Airport. Testfatsion was in the process of deportation to his home country of Eritrea, where he sought asylum from in the U.S. Eritrea is categorized as one of the most oppressive governments by the Human Rights Watch, and considers individuals who leave the nation “traitors.” Testfatsion feared returning to his country would result in his death, and sought a life of freedom with his family members in Orlando, Florida. 



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Name: Huy Chi Tran

Age: 47

Nationality: Vietnamese

Detention Location: Eloy Detention Center

Detention Duration: 18 days

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: June 12, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          On June 25, 1984, Huy Chi Tran became a legal permanent resident of the United States. However, in 2004 he received his first order of removal stemming from a criminal conviction, and eventually would be detained at the Eloy Detention Facility. The Detainee Death Report crafted by ICE reflects Huy Chi Tran was suffering from schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression, but does not declare a cause of death. The report simply says officers found Tran unresponsive in his cell. There is no description from the officers of the scene included in the report, only that Tran was taken to the hospital where he would later die on June 12, 2018.  



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Name: Efrain De La Rosa

Age: 40

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Stewart Detention Facility GA

Detention Duration: 3 months

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: July 10, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          On March 11, 2018, Efrain De La Rosa was detained by ICE due to his criminal history, and taken to the Stewart Detention Facility in Georgia. Upon arrival, De La Rosa informed medical staff he had schizophrenia, hallucinations, spoke to God, and took eight medications for his conditions. A month later, De La Rosa stated he was the “Antichrist”, and that he was going to die. He was then placed on suicide watch, where he refused medication. De La Rosa was transferred to a mental healthcare facility for treatment for one month, but eventually returned to Stewart. On June 18, De La Rosa was placed into solitary confinement after a guard asserted De La Rosa made sexual proposals. On June 27, Stewart reviewed his confinement and recommended he remain in solitary until July 18. 

          One the day of his death, De La Rosa informed a social worker he was not going to take his medication and that he was going to die. In response, the social worker noted De La Rosa would benefit from a higher quality mental health facility. Later that night, De La Rosa hung himself from his bunk bed with a pair of orange socks. Once officers noticed, they attempted to cut him down and resuscitate him, but did not bring an oxygen tank or automated external defibrillator. One officer eventually located an oxygen tank, only to discover it was empty. De La Rosa was then taken to the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center where he would die. 


            16. Complaint No. 18-10-ICE-0613 CRCL received a referral from the DHS OIG regarding the death of Efrain De La Rosa (A209 910 301), an ICE detainee at Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Georgia. Mr. De La Rosa's preliminary cause of death was ruled a suicide. According to the complainant, IHSC leadership was notified of Mr. De La Rosa's deteriorating mental health condition via SEN report on several occasions between April 25, 2018 and May 6, 2018. On April 26, 2018, a SEN report indicated that while on suicide watch, Mr. De La Rosa had stated to staff that he would be dead in three days. The complainant noted that several months earlier, IHSC leadership directed MQMU to cease reviewing SEN and segregation reports, despite concerns raised to IHSC leadership that this restriction could negatively impact detainee safety. 




Name: Augustina Ramirez-Arreola

Age: 62

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Otay Mesa Detention Center

Detention Duration: Less than a month

Cause of Death: Complications in Surgery

Date of Death: June 25, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

              On May 21, 2018, Augustina Ramirez-Arreola applied for admission into the United States, but was denied due to lack of proper documentation. She was then classified as an Expedited Removal case, and taken into ICE custody June 3, 2018. Ramirez-Arreola died June 25, 2018 during an aortic valve replacement surgery to treat a heart condition. 



Name: Wilfredo Padron

Age: 58

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Monroe County Detention Center FL

Detention Duration: 3 months

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: November 1, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

            On November 1, 2018, the roommate of Wilfredo Padron attempted to wake him for breakfast, but found him unresponsive without a pulse. Though ICE has not released an official cause of death, the Detainee Death Report details a history of medical issues Padron was experiencing during his detention, including chest and body pains. The days before his death, Padron was adamant he was experiencing chest pains, and was seen gripping his chest. Despite this, and the detection of severe degenerative issues of his left hip, Pardon was declared stable and diagnosed with constipation. The next day, November 1, 2018, Pardon passed away. 



Name: Mergensana Amar

Age: 40

Nationality: Russian

Detention Location: Northwest Detention Center WA

Detention Duration: 1 Month

Cause of Death: Attempted Suicide, Taken off Life Support 

Date of Death: Nov. 15 Attempt, Nov. 18 no brain activity, 24 Removal of Life Support by ICE 

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          On November 24, 2018, Mergensana Amar was removed from life support after 9 days in intensive care following a suicide attempt. Amar sought refuge in the United States after numerous physical attacks such as being beaten with baseball bats and handcuffed to the ceiling by his hands, due to his Mongolian heritage. Despite this, Amar’s asylum claim was denied, motivating him to participate in a hunger strike and request to be placed in solitary confinement. According to the Detainee Death Report, Amar missed 46 meals during his strike, until November 12, when ICE reports he began eating all of his meals and requested a transfer into general population. Despite this, Amar remained in solitary confinement, where he would hang himself on November 15, 2018. Amar was taken to the hospital, where he was determined brain dead. On November 24, 2018, Amar was removed from life support.  



Name: Guerman Volkov

Age: 56

Nationality: Russian

Detention Location: Baker County Detention Center FL

Detention Duration: Five months

Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Date of Death: November 30, 2018

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

           Guerman Volkov passed away November 30, 2018, from cardiac arrest after spending five months at the Baker County Detention Center. Throughout his detention Volkov experienced medical issues, as well as mental health issues stemming from detention. For instance, in the Detainee Death Report, Volkov vocalized fears of sexual assault in the facility and for his life. On November 26, 2018, Volkov was found unresponsive in his cell, and was transported to the hospital. Two days later Volkov was returned to Baker against medical advice, which noted suicidal behavior from Volkov, as well as a bowel obstruction. On November 30, a doctor at Baker recorded Volkov had severe abdominal pain, distended abdomen, and difficulty breathing, and requested he return to the hospital. At the hospital, Volkov was in respiratory distress and “vomited feces”, before going into cardiac arrest.



Name: Abel Reyes-Clemente

Age: 54

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Florence Service Processing Center

Detention Duration: 36 days

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: April 3, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

            On April 3, 2019, Abel Reyes-Clemente was discovered unresponsive in his solitary confinement cell at the Florence Service Processing Center. Reyes-Clemente was placed into “medical observation”, a form of solitary confinement, two days before his death due to flu-like symptoms. The Detainee Death Report released for Reyes-Clemente records multiple instances in which medical staff did not conduct physical exams during evaluations of Reyes-Clemente, despite his vital signs never resting within normal limits. 



Name: Simratpal Singh

Age: 21

Nationality: Indian

Detention Location: La Paz County Jail AZ

Detention Duration: 3 months

Cause of Death: Found Unresponsive

Date of Death: May 3, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          On February 5, 2019, Simratpal Singh was arrested for illegal entry into the United States, and transferred into ICE custody 4 days later. From the period of February 12 to May 2, Singh was housed in three different detention centers operated by ICE. The day before his death, the staff of La Paz County Jail moved Singh into “protective segregation housing”, a term for solitary confinement. Later that evening, Singh hung himself in his cell, and eventually passed away the following morning, May 3, 2019. 




Name: Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres

Age: 30

Nationality: Honduran

Detention Location: Houston Contract Detention Facility

Detention Duration: Over 1 month

Cause of Death: N/A unresponsive in cell

Date of Death: June 30, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

              On May 17, 2019, Yimi ALexis Balderramos-Torres entered the United States with his son, where he was apprehended by Border Patrol agents. Later that day, Balderramos was escorted back to Mexico by Border Patrol agents, due to Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy agenda. Ten days later, Belderramos would re-enter the United States. On June 8, Balderramos was once again in ICE custody, and was detained at the Houston Contract Detention Facility. On June 30, 2019, Balderramos was found unresponsive in his cell with discoloration of the skin. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Balderramos died later that morning. No official autopsy has been publicly released. 




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Name: Pedro Arriago-Santoya

Age: 44

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Stewart Detention Facility GA

Detention Duration: 1 month

Cause of Death: Cardio-pulmonary arrest secondary to multiorgan system failure, endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy with a low ejection fraction and respiratory failure.

Date of Death: July 24, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

           On April 24, 2019, Pedro Arriago-Santoya was detained by ICE, and transferred to the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. According to the Detainee Death Report, Arriago-Santoya was evaluated by medical staff on four occasions during his detention, and denied any history of medical issues at each meeting. On July 20, 2019, Arriago-Santoya complained of intense stomach pains, and was transferred to a nearby medical center for evaluation. At the hospital, Arriago-Santoya was diagnosed with right lower quadrant pain, nausea/vomiting, inflammation of the gallbladder, an enlarged heart and liver, inflamed colon, and liver damage. Following this diagnosis, Arriago-Santoya was transferred to Piedmont Hospital to determine if he had gallbladder disease. On July 22, 2019, Arriago-Santoya would go into cardiac arrest, and die of multi-organ system failure. 



Name: Roberto Rodriguez-Espinoza

Age: 37

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility IL

Detention Duration: 1 week

Cause of Death: Subdural Hematoma

Date of Death: Sept. 10, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

           On September 3, 2019, Roberto Rodriguez-Espinoza was detained by ICE Homeland Security Investigations officers in Chicago, and transferred Rodriguez-Espinoza to the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility. Four days later, Rodriguez-Espinoza was reported acting confused and disoriented. The medical staff at the facility determined this behavior was a result of alcohol withdrawal, because Rodriguez-Espinoza reported consuming a six-pack of beer a day during intake, and was administered chlordiazepoxide. On September 8, Rodriguez-Espinoza was transferred to a nearby hospital where a brain scan revealed bleeding in his brain. Two days later, imaging of Rodriguez-Espinoza’s brain revealed no blood flow, and he was placed on life support. On September 10, 2019, Rodiguez-Espinoza was removed from life support and pronounced dead. 



Nebane Abienwi, an asylum-seeking migrant from Cameroon, died Oct. 1 in a California hospital while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Name: Nebane Abienwi

Age: 37

Nationality: Cameroon

Detention Location: Otay Mesa Detention Center

Detention Duration: Less than 2 weeks

Cause of Death: Brain Hemorrhage 

Date of Death: Oct. 1, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

                On September 19, 2019, Nebane Abienwi was detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. During his initial intake screening, Abienwi presented medical staff with documents of past medical procedures he had undergone in Mexico for hypertension related health issues. On September 26, 2019, an officer requested medical assistance after witnessing Abienwi fall off the top of his bunk bed. When medical arrived, Abienwi was noted being confused, sweaty, jerky in his movements, and unable to respond to commands. Abienwi was transferred to the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, where he was taken to the ICU and diagnosed with bleeding of the brain. On October 1, 2019, Adienwi was pronounced brain dead, and removed from life support.




Name: Roylan Hernandez-Diaz

Age: 43

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Richwood Correctional Center LO

Detention Duration: Less than 5 months

Cause of Death: Self-inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: Oct. 12, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

          From May 21 to 23, 2019, Roylan Hernandez-Diaz was detained at three different detention centers, before reaching the Richwood Correctional Center June 13, 2019. Hernandez-Diaz had attempted to apply for admission in the U.S. early May, but was detained by officers at the border. Once at Richwood, Hernandez-Diaz organized a hunger strike to protest the detention conditions and asylum process. After missing 9 meals, Hernandez-Diaz was placed in solitary confinement June 20, 2019, where he would remain until his death. During this time, Hernandez-Diaz continued to refuse meals, and complained frequently of vicious stomach pains. Despite this, Hernandez-Diaz was cleared by the facility to remain in solitary confinement. On October 15, 2019, Roylan Hernandez-Diaz was found hanging in his cell by his bunk bed. 




Name: Anthony Oluseye Akinyemi

Age: 56

Nationality: Nigeria 

Detention Location: Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill, Maryland

Detention Duration: 5 months

Cause of Death: Self inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: Dec 21, 2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

           On July 23, 2019, Anthony Oluseye Akinyemi was arrested on charges for sexual abuse of a minor, and detained by ICE for overstaying a B2 non-immigrant temporary visitor’s visa which expired June 12, 2018. During intake at the Worcester County Jail, Akinyemi denied a history of mental health issues, but did express concerns for assaulting his daughter. One day later, on December 21, 2019, Akinyemi was found hanging in his cell by his neck. 




Name: Samuelino Pitchout Mavinga

Age: 40

Nationality: Angola

Detention Location: Torrance County Detention Facility

Detention Duration: Over 1 month

Cause of Death: Sigmoid Volvulus

Date of Death: Dec 29,2019

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

                On November 12, 2019, Samuelino Pichout Mavinga was detained by border patrol officers for overstaying a visa, and transferred to ICE custody. According to the Detainee Death Report Mavinga increasingly lost weight throughout his detention, reported missing many meals, and deteriorating vital readings. On December 12, 2019, Mavinga was transferred to Presbyterian Hospital for difficulty breathing and jaundiced skin, where he was diagnosed with sigmoid volvulus. Sigmoid volvulus is the twisting of the large intestines resulting in the obstruction of the bowel, and requires surgery to correct. On December 16, Mavinga completed a colectomy surgery to remove a portion of his colon. For a week after the surgery, Mavinga refused medical treatment from hospital staff, and frequently removed himself from monitors and medication IV drips. On December 29, 2019, Mavinga went into cardiac rest on multiple occasions and succumbed to death. 




Ben James Owen, 39, died in ICE custody at a Florida facility on Saturday

Name: Ben James Owen

Age: 39

Nationality: UK

Detention Location: Baker County Detention Center FL

Detention Duration: Less than 2 weeks

Cause of Death: Self inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: Jan 25, 2020

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

             On January 15, 2020, Ben James Owen was detained by ICE officers for overstaying a temporary O2 non-immigrant visa, which expired December 10, 2019. According to the Detainee Death Report, Own denied having mental health conditions and was not evaluated by medical staff after his initial intake screening. On January 25, 2020, Owen was discovered hanging in his cell by his bed sheet and passed away. 



Name: Alberto Hernandez-Fundora

Age: 63

Nationality: Cuban

Detention Location: Miami

Detention Duration: 2 weeks

Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Date of Death: Jan 27, 2020

ICE Announcement

Detainee Death Report

              On January 14, 2020, Alberto Hernandez-Fundora was transferred into ICE custody from the Turner Gilford Knight Correctional Center, before reaching the Krome North Service Processing Center in Miami. During his intake, medical staff recorded Hernandez-Fundora had difficulty breathing, bilateral lower extremity edema, and bilateral lower extremity weakness. He also informed medical staff he had a history of congestive heart failure asthma, diabetes, hypertension, Hepatitis C, dyslipidemia, and chronic kidney disease. On January 24, Hernandez-Fundora was transferred to the ICU for congestive heart failure, where his condition deteriorated. Three days later, Hernandez-Fondura endured eight cardiac arrests, before passing away January 27, 2019. 




Name: David Hernandez Colula

Age: 34

Nationality: Mexican

Detention Location: Northeast Ohio Correctional Center

Detention Duration:

Cause of Death: Self inflicted strangulation

Date of Death: Feb 20, 2020

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               On December 6, 2019, David Hernandez Colula  was transferred into ICE custody from the St. Joseph County Jail in Michigan, due to an outstanding warrant. According to the statement released by ICE, Hernandez Colula was discovered unresponsive in his cell, and the cause of death appeared to be self-inflicted strangulation February 20, 2020. A Detainee Death Report and an autopsy have yet to be released to the public. 



Deaths of 7 Children in U.S. Custody under Trump Administration




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Name: Juan de León Gutiérrez

Age: 16

Nationality: Guatemalan

Detention Location: Shelter in Brownsville, Texas

Detention Duration: N/A

Cause of Death: Puffy potts tumor, an infection of the frontal forehead bone. Often caused by severe sinus infection, resulting in bacteria build up in a person’s head and spreading. 

Date of Death: April 30, 2019

               On April 4, 2019, Juan de Leon Gutierrez left his family to reunite with his older brother who lived in Miami. 15 days after departing, Gutierrez was detained by Border Patrol agents near the El Paso border. According to a statement released by Guatemala's Foreign Ministry, upon arrival at the shelter in Brownsville, Gutierrez was transferred to a children’s hospital because he had a severe infection in the frontal lobe. Hospital staff completed a surgical intervention to relieve pressure within his head, before passing away April 30 from the infection. 




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Name: Jakelin Caal Maquin

Age: 7

Nationality: Guatemalan 

Detention Location: N/A

Detention Duration: 2 days

Cause of Death: streptococcal sepsis, a kind of bacterial infection

Date of Death: December 8, 2018

           Jakelin Caal Maquin died after two days in Border Patrol custody, after traveling 2,000 miles with her father from Guatemala to America. According to California U.S. House Representative Raul Ruiz, no physical examination was completed of Maquin upon her detainment, which would have notified officers of her poor condition. Maquin began having seizures, difficulty breathing, and vomiting, resulting in her transfer to a children’s hospital in El Paso where she passed away December 8, 2018. An independent autopsy requested by the family found Maquin died from a streptococcus bacteria infection which led to the failure of multiple organs. Maquin’s death was not immediately reported to Congress, a violation of agency policy requiring death notifications to lawmakers within a 24 hour period. 




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Name: Felipe Gómez Alonzo

Age: 8

Nationality: Guatemalan

Detention Location: Alamogordo Station

Detention Duration: Less than 1 week

Cause of Death: streptococcal sepsis, a kind of bacterial infection

Date of Death: December 25, 2018

Announcement of Death

             On December 18, 2018, Felipe Gomez Alonzo was apprehended with his father by Border Patrol Agents near El Paso, before transferring the duo to the Alamogordo Station. On Christmas Eve, Alonzo presented symptoms of illness, and was transferred to the hospital for evaluation. After a 90 minute observation, Alonzo was released from the hospital with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen. Later that evening, Alonzo was nauseous and vomiting, and returned to the hospital for treatment. Shortly after midnight, Felipe Gomez Alonzo passed away, from what would later be determined as streptococcal sepsis, a bacterial infection. 




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Name: Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez

Age: 2

Nationality: Guatemalan

Detention Location: El Paso

Detention Duration: Less than 1 month

Cause of Death: Influenza, parasites, E coli, a food-borne illness that produces severe cramping, diarrhoea and vomiting, and other pathogens in the child’s system.

Date of Death: May 14, 2019

            On April 3, 2019, Wilmer Josue Ramirez Vasquez and his mother were apprehended by Border Patrol Agents near the Paso del Norte International Bridge, which connects Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. They were fleeing Guatemala because it was impossible to afford health care and Wilmer was very sick. Three days later, Wilmer’s mother notified agents her child was sick, and Wilmer was transferred to Horizon Hospital. After weeks in the hospital, Wilmer passed away May 14, 2019. A medical examiner’s report recorded Wilmer arrived in respiratory distress, and died of multiple intestinal and infectious respiratory diseases, including the flu. The lawyers representing Wilmer's family released a statement asserting the family was “subjected to inhuman conditions” throughout their detainment, “including exposure to extreme temperatures, being forced to sleep outside on the ground, and other terrible conditions of confinement.”




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Name: Carlos Hernandez Vasquez

Age: 16

Nationality:

Detention Location: MacAllen Facility, Texas

Detention Duration: Less than 1 week 

Cause of Death: flu, left alone in cell for hours

Date of Death: May 20, 2019

              On May 13, 2019, Carlos Hernandez Vasquez crossed the Rio Grande on a rubber raft with his sister and other migrants seeking passage into the United States, before being apprehended by Border Patrol agents near Hidalgo, Texas. Once in custody, Carlos was separated from his sister, who was an adult, as required under zero-tolerance. Despite the law requiring CBP to release migrants after 72 hours in custody, Carlos remained at the facility until his death. The McAllen facility where Carlos was detained was mentioned numerous times throughout the DHS Inspector General’s Report we reviewed for violating detention standards by over crowding holding pens. The report stated overcrowding presents health risks, such as the spread of infectious diseases. A nurse practitioner at McAllen diagnosed Carlos with the flu, and recorded his temperature as 103 degrees, before requesting he be checked again in 2 hours and transferred to the emergency room if his condition worsened. 

              A video recording of Carlos’s cell obtained by ProPublica exposes his devastating death, as well as the minimal monitoring he received by staff. The video shows Carlos in visibly pain lying on the concrete floors and benches of his cell, before staggering towards the toilet and collapsing on the floor. He remained in this position for four and a half hours. Border Patrol activity logs noted agents checked on Carlos three times during the period he laid unconscious on the floor. In the initial statement released by CBP, the agency falsely asserted officers discovered Carlos’s body, when in reality his cellmate notified officers after he was unsuccessful in waking Carlos up for breakfast. His cellmate can be viewed in the video waking up and sleepily walking towards the toilet, before discovering Carlos laying in a pool of blood. His cellmate then called for agents, who entered his cell for the first time since Carlos’ placement. The forensic pathologist who reviewed the records of Carlos’ death, Dr. Judy Melinek, stated Carlos should have been immediately transferred to a hospital or medical facility where he would have received fluids, medical care, and a warm bed. Below is a portion of the U.S. Senate report Shattered Refugee: A U.S. Senate Investigation into the Trump Administrations Gutting of Asylum, mentioning Carlos. 


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           On May 19, he reported he did not feel well. A nurse in the facility examined him and diagnosed him with influenza. He was given anti-flu medicine. But by then, flu contagion was bad and growing worse – so much so that by May 22, at least 32 flu cases had been discovered and further intake of detainees to RGVCPC was halted.42 Meanwhile, it was decided that Carlos needed to be isolated from other detainees. He was transferred to the Weslaco Station, where he was held in his own cell. Carlos was given something to eat 20 minutes after midnight on May 20; his lifeless body was discovered the next morning at 6:00 am. The autopsy report concluded that Carlos died from Influenza A 2009 H1N1 respiratory infection, complicated by bacterial coinfections.




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Name: Mariee Juárez

Age: 20 months

Nationality: Guatemalan

Detention Location: Dilley, Texas

Detention Duration: N/A

Cause of Death: Viral Lung Infection contracted during detention

Date of Death: May 10, 2018

              On July 10, 2019, Yazmin Juarez spoke before the House Oversigth and Government Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, during the Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border hearing. During her powerful testimony, Juarez described the inhumane conditions of their detainment, recalling extremely cold temperatures, sleeping on concrete floors, and being held in a cage. Juarez also recalled noticing a large amount of sick children at the detention center, and noted that Mariee was determined healthy during their initial intake screening. When Mariee began falling ill, Juarez claims she visited the facility clinic on multiple occasions, usually waiting hours for help. On her first visit, Juarez was informed Mariee had a respiratory infection, and was administered Tylenol and honey. 

            The following day Mariee’s symptoms worsened, reaching a fever of over 104 degrees, as well as experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. Juarez was advised by the staff Mariee had an ear infection, and prescribed her antibiotics as treatment. Juarez demanded the medical staff conduct a more thorough examination of her child, but was ordered back to her cage. On a separate visit, medical staff provided Juarez Pedialyte and Vicks VapoRub to ease her worsening symptoms. As Mariee’s condition continued to falter, CBP released the family from their custody and authorized their release to their relatives in New Jersey. Once they arrived, Juarez immediately took Mariee to a pediatrician who transferred Mariee to the intensive care unit for a viral lung infection. After several weeks of intensive care Mariee passed away on May 10, 2018, Mothers Day in Guatemala. As a gesture, the nurses on staff made a copy of Mariee's hand prints for Juarez. 




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Name: Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle

Age: 10

Nationality: Salvadoran

Detention Location: Office of Refugee Resettlement

Detention Duration: 6 months

Cause of Death: Congenital heart defects

Date of Death: September 29, 2018

            In March of 2018, Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle was held in CBP custody for 45 hours, after being apprehended by agents near Hidalgo, Texas. She was then transferred into the custody of the Human and Health Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. Darlyn’s mother lives in the United States and filled out paperwork from immigration officers to release Darlyn into her custody, but Darlyn was never released. Daryln had a history of congenital heart defects, including a heart murmur. On September 29, Darlyn was transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Nebraska, where she would later die of fever and respiratory distress, following complications in heart surgery which left Darlyn in a coma. Despite agency policy, Darlyn’s death was not released to Congress or the public until May of 2019. 



Deaths by Border Patrol Agents


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Name: James Paul Markowitz

Age: 32

Nationality: American

Cause of Death: Unknown

Incident Date: February 4, 2020

Incident Location: Bracketville, Texas

            James Paul Markowitz was apprehended surrounding an "illegal smuggling incident" on February 4, 2020. Markowitz began exhibiting "signs of distress" that evening, and was administered first aid, then transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 



Name: Withheld

Age: 41

Nationality: Congolese

Cause of Death: Acute Kidney Failure

Incident Date: December 25, 2019

Incident Location: Lincoln Juarez Bridge, Laredo, Texas

              A female migrant seeking asylum in the United States died on Christmas Day in government custody when she crossed the Gateway Bridge in Texas with her family, before reportedly succumbing to acute kidney failure. She came with paperwork that documented a “previous medical condition”, CBP said. The agency's medical personnel cleared her to be detained overnight. She was traveling with her husband and two children, who were subsequently released.



Name: Withheld

Age: 42

Nationality: Mexican

Cause of Death: Alleged suicide

Incident Date: December 21, 2019

Incident Location: East Hidalgo Detention Center

           On Friday, Dec. 20, CBP Officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry detained a male 42-year-old Mexican national who claimed to be a US Citizen.  He was arrested and processed for Expedited Removal and was held for criminal prosecution. The individual passed away at the East Hidalgo Detention Center on Dec. 21, 2019. According to initial reports, the cause of death is suspected to be the result of suicide.  The incident remains under investigation by La Villa Police Department, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.



Name: Withheld

Age: Not released

Nationality: Not released

Cause of Death: Shot by Border Patrol agent

Incident Date: November 3, 2019

Incident Location: Sunland Park, New Mexico as suburb of El Paso, Texas

               The agent approached a group of four people early Monday, and one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The agent fired back, hitting the man, who died at a hospital. No additional information was released, including the names of the agent and gunman. The CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating.



Name: Withheld

Age: 33

Nationality: Mexican

Cause of Death: Severe dehydration

Incident Date: October 26, 2019

Incident Location: Tubac, Arizona

              A woman died in U.S. Border Patrol custody over the weekend, following nearly two weeks in the hospital. The 33-year-old Mexican woman was in need of medical care when an Arizona sheriff's deputy found her on Oct. 13 near Tubac, about 40 kilometers north of the border city of Nogales. She was suffering from "severe dehydration," a CBP spokesperson said. She died in an area hospital on Oct. 26, according to CBP.


Name: Unknown

Age: Unkown

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle while fleeing agents

Incident Date: Some time around October 21, 2019

Incident Location: Texas highway

            The man fled from agents across a Texas highway and was hit by a car. No more details can be found at the moment.


Name: Withheld

Age: 49

Nationality: Mexican

Cause of Death: unknown

Incident Date: October 21, 2019

Incident Location: Tucson, Arizona (South of Casa Grande)

           On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m., a 49-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents, south of Casa Grande. During processing it was determined the man needed medical attention and was transported to a Tucson area hospital. Medical officials determined that the man had a pre-existing heart condition. On Monday, at approximately 9 a.m., the man was pronounced deceased.


Name: Withheld

Age: 3

Nationality: Salvadoran

Cause of Death: unknown

Incident Date: August 1, 2019

Incident Location: Lordsburg, New Mexico

           A 32-year-old-man died while in Border Patrol custody. According to reports, he was taken into custody at the El Paso Border Patrol Station and was being processed at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station when he fell into medical distress and later died.



Name: Withheld

Age: 52

Nationality: Nicaraguan

Cause of Death: unknown

Incident Date: July 5, 2019

Incident Location: Tucson, Arizona

            A 52-year-old-man died while in Border Patrol custody. According to reports, he was part of a group of 36 asylum-seekers who turned themselves in to be processed.


Name: Travis James Eckstein

Age: 23

Nationality: American

Cause of Death: Fatal Shooting

Incident Date: June 3, 2019

Incident Location: San Ysidro, California

          Border Patrol agents fatally shot an American man during a shootout that occurred at secondary inspection at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. 



Name: Not Yet Released

Age: 40

Nationality: Honduran

Cause of Death: Unknown

Incident Date: June 3, 2019

Incident Location: Eagle Pass, Texas

           A 40-year-old woman was apprehended at the border by CBP, when she collapsed shortly after. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 


Name: Not Yet Released

Age: 33

Nationality: Salvadoran

Cause of Death: Unknown

Incident Date: June 3, 2019

Incident Location: Roma, Texas


          A 33-year-old man was apprehended by CBP, and began having a seizure. He was given emergency care by an EMT-certified CBP agent, and taken to a hospital, where he died. 



Name: Not Released

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: April 6, 2019

Incident Location: New Mexico

           The unnamed person was ejected from a vehicle after El Paso Border Patrol chased the car on highway 9 in New Mexico. The Border Agents deployed a tire deflation device, which the vehicle swerved to avoid, causing it to roll over, and eject and fatally wound, two people from the vehicle.



Name: not released 

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: April 6, 2019

Incident Location: New Mexico

           The unnamed person was ejected from a vehicle after El Paso Border Patrol chased the car on highway 9 in New Mexico. The Border Agents deployed a tire deflation device, which the vehicle swerved to avoid, causing it to roll over, and eject and fatally wound, two people from the vehicle.


Name: not released 

Age: 40

Nationality: Mexican

Cause of Death: Unknown

Incident Date: March 18, 2019

Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

          The unnamed 40-year-old man died at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, after being diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure. He was apprehended on March 17, 2019. 



Name: not released 

Age: 45

Nationality: Mexican

Cause of Death: Unknown

Incident Date: February 19, 2019

Incident Location: McAllen, Texas

           The 45-year-old man was in Border Patrol custody since February 2nd. He requested medical attention after he was found near a port of entry, was seen by at a Mission medical center, cleared for travel, and returned to Border Patrol custody. While in custody, he again requested medical attention, and was under medical care in McAllen until he died. He was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, but the official cause of death is unknown. 



Name: not released 

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Unknown 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: September 2018

Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

          A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. 


Name: Nikki Enriquez 

Age: 28

Nationality: Unknown 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: September 14-15, 2018

Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

           A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. 



Name: Claudine Ann Luera

Age: 42

Nationality: Unknown 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: September 13, 2018

Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

           A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. 



Name: Melissa Ramirez 

Age: 29

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: September 3, 2018

Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

          A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. 



Name: Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez 

Age: 20

Nationality: Guatemalan

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: May 23, 2018

Incident Location: Rio Bravo, Texas

           Border Patrol agent shot and killed Claudia after a group had attempted to cross the Texas border illegally and then allegedly rushed the agent, according to Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection has previously changed the retelling of the event from a rocking incident to a group rushing the agents. The FBI is launching an investigation.



Name: Robert Young III

Age: 29

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: February 12, 2018

Incident Location: Pinecrest, FL

           A burglar busted through the glass doors of a house in the upscale village of Pinecrest early Monday morning, only to face a deadly barrage of bullets from the homeowner — a high-ranking Miami federal agent.



Name: Juan Daniel Jacques

Age: 33

Nationality: N/A 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: January 2018

Incident Location: Socorro, TX

          According to an article, Juan Daniel Jacques attacked an officer so Border Patrol fires his duty weapon while off duty.



Name: Rolando Chávez Chávez 

Age: 26

Nationality: Guatemala 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: November 29, 2017

Incident Location: Southwest of Tucson, AZ

          According to Border Patrol, Chávez attacked an agent while being taken into custody and a struggle ensued where Chávez grabbed the agent’s gun. A second officer fired on Chavez during the struggle.



Name: Rodolfo Ballardo 

Age: 31

Nationality: U.S. Citizen 

Cause of Death: Fatal shooting

Incident Date: September 2017

Incident Location: Southwest of Tucson, AZ

          Authorities say that Ballardo had shot an Arizona State Trooper and fled the scene. Border Patrol found the car Ballardo had taken off in and an exchange of gunfire occurred.



Name: Unknown 

Age: 30

Nationality: Unknown 

Cause of Death: Fatal hit by car

Incident Date: September 17, 2017

Incident Location: San Ysidro, CA

           According to news reports, the unknown migrant was hit by a car after they fled from a van that was crossing into the U.S. 



Name: Unknown 

Age: 30

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal hit by car

Incident Date: September 17, 2017

Incident Location: San Ysidro, CA

           According to news reports, the unknown migrant was hit by a car after they fled from a van that was crossing into the U.S. 



Name: Israel Caballero 

Age: 18

Nationality: U.S. Citizen 

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: August 10, 2017

Incident Location: San Diego, CA

           According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was thought to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after its driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.



Name: Gloria Lopez

Age: 15 

Nationality: Mexican National

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: August 10, 2017

Incident Location: San Diego, CA

          According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was thought to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after its driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.



Name: Raul Quiroz

Age: 20 

Nationality: Mexican National

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: August 10, 2017

Incident Location: San Diego, CA

           According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was thought to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after its driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.



Name: Unknown

Age: Unknown 

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: February 23, 2017

Incident Location: Lordsburg, NM

          According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Paso sector were involved in a chase that led to the crash.



Name: Unknown

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Unknown

Cause of Death: Fatal car crash

Incident Date: February 23, 2017

Incident Location: Lordsburg, NM

           According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Paso sector were involved in a chase that led to the crash.



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