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4th Person Dies In Customs And Border Protection Custody

The man died at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure.
Posted at 8:05 AM, Mar 20, 2019

A Mexican national died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody Monday. 

CBP said Tuesday it arrested the 40-year-old man for re-entering the country illegally after he was deported. Medical personnel diagnosed him with flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure and transferred him to a medical center in El Paso, Texas. 

The man died at the hospital later that day. 

He's now the fourth migrant to die in U.S. care since December. An 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died in December. Both children came into the U.S. with their families. A 45-year-old Mexican national died in CBP custody in February. He had been arrested for illegal re-entry into the U.S. 

The ACLU called for an investigation into the "conditions at CBP detention facilities and its medical care practices."

One CBP official said in a statement that the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility initiated a review into the most recent death. The other three deaths are all under investigation.