Authorities said an Indian man detained after arriving at Atlanta’s airport without required immigration documents has died at a hospital.
The immigration department said it was strongly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody. “The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure”, it added.
Patel received a medical screening and was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes after he was transferred into ICE custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center.
The Atlanta Immigration department released a statement saying that the US Customs and Border Protection refused Patel’s entry into the country as he did not possess the necessary documents, according to PTI reports. He is the eighth such individual who died in the custody of ICE this year.
A nurse that did the medical checkup of Patel on Saturday noticed that he had breathing trouble and was immediately moved to the Grady Memorial Hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.
It is “undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of the incident, as it does in all such cases”, it said.
ICE officials have informed the Indian consular representatives about the tragedy, who notified Patel’s family about his death. On Monday, Jean Jimenez-Joseph, who was being held at Stewart Detention Center, died due to “self-inflicted strangulation”.
The deceased Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel has become the 8th person to die in the ICE’s custody in the year 2017. The immigration agency said that deaths in its custody are “exceedingly rare”.
Earlier this week, the ICE had announced that arrests of “undocumented immigrants” have risen 40% since President Donald Trump assumed office.