An immigrant detained for illegally entering the U.S. has apparently committed suicide in Texas jail last month after his wife and son were separated from him at the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesperson for Custom and Border Protection (CBP) said.
Marco Antonio Munoz was apprehended at Weslaco, Texas, border patrol station on May 11 and transferred to the Rio Grande Valley immigration processing center.
While apprehending him he became “disruptive and combative” then he was transferred to the Starr County jail where he was found unresponsive on May 13.
An agent said that Munoz “lost it” after the Border Patrol told his family they would be separated and that, “they had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands.”
However, the statement did not mention that Munoz was with his wife and his 3-year-old son while the processing, the Post reported, citing unnamed CBP agents.
The Trump administration has been sharply criticized for separating families of immigrants arriving illegally.