Honduran man in US detention kills himself after being separated from wife and children at border
The Starr County sheriff's department confirmed that 39-year-old Marco Antonio Muñoz, who was placed in a Texas jail, took his own life in his cell.
An immigrant from Honduras killed himself in a detention center last month after he was reportedly separated from his wife and children at the US-Mexico border, according to reports.
The Starr County sheriff's department confirmed that 39-year-old Marco Antonio Muñoz, who was placed in a Texas jail, took his own life in his cell. The department's incident report was obtained by The Washington Post.
The Post stated that the man's death was not publicly disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The authorities at the US Customs and Border Protection and Starr County did not respond to the news outlet's request for comment over the incident.
Muñoz died just weeks after the Trump administration announced its controversial "zero-tolerance" policy of cracking down on illegal border crossings by prosecuting more number of parents and separating them from their children at the border.
The policy has been heavily criticized by many in the public, activists, lawmakers and also has been deemed illegal by the United Nations.
Border Patrol agents who were aware of Muñoz's situation talked to the Post and said that the man, his wife and his 3-year-old son were taken into custody after they crossed the border into the United States near Granjeno, Texas.
One of the agents said that the family sought to apply for asylum, however, they were told that they would be separated.
“The guy lost his s---. They had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands," the agent said on condition of anonymity.
Reports state that the Border Patrol staff relocated Muñoz to a padded isolation cell at a local jail after he began shaking the chain-link detention cell. The agents said that the man tried to escape twice during his transfer and eventually had to be restrained.
"We had to get him out. Those cells are about as secure as a dog kennel. He could have hurt someone," the agents reportedly said.
The sheriff's report stated that guards checked on Muñoz twice an hour and said that they saw him alive and praying the following morning, however, later at 9:50 a.m. he was found unresponsive by a guard.
One agent told the Post that his wife and son were later released from Border Patrol custody.
Reports state that under Trump administration nearly 1,800 families have been separated at the border.
The report of the Honduras man killing himself was met with outrage on social media:
Undocumented man from Honduras, Marco Antonio Muñoz, was separated from his wife and child after trying to seek asylum.— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) June 9, 2018
He was so depressed about being separated from his family that he killed himself.
Absolutely ghoulish, disgusting policy.https://t.co/gRsfyMqkNW
Do you know how far away Honduras even is? Do you realize the lengths this man went to save his family?— Voodoomama 🐘 (@DunnBAD) June 10, 2018
Most of us won't walk to the fn starbucks if our car breaks down
He braved hell to bring them to safety & we tore his family apart?
I hope your 13 pieces are worth it
So they had to beat the father to take his kid away from him? They're asylum seekers!!! The US overthrew their democracy and put an MS-13 affiliate in charge of Honduras. So Hondurans are trying to escape and this is what they run into b'cos of Trump. Wow. Jesus Christ man.— Naruto (@OrichimaruSama) June 9, 2018
#AMJoy#KeepFamiliesTogether #inners @gglightbulb— Gay Garrett-Abbo (@gglightbulb) June 9, 2018
I would never want this man's blood on my hands!
And it's so unfortunate that
this small family who fled Honduras for the US asylum & safety met w/the unexpected destruction of part of their family. https://t.co/mFVxNHvpnB
I have been deployed to Central America/Honduras, and I'll say this: ANY man/father worth a damn, living in those conditions, would have done ANYTHING to get his family out of there.— OldMP (@mikehabic) June 9, 2018
If you've never lived it, STFU with your 'do it legally'.
They can't! It's a death sentence!
"a man DIED, have you no SHAME"— make my jay, pvnc. (@jaythenerdkid) May 25, 2018
I mean, americans being deported back to honduras in the wake of TPS being cancelled will die en masse because of the white supremacist policies of the government that gaters helped elect, have they no shame?