Over 40 immigrants have died in ICE custody since Trump took office—Part 2

Felicia J. Persaud | 6/18/2020, midnight
This week, we continue with our focus on the immigrants who have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (U.S. ...
Felicia Persaud

This week, we continue with our focus on the immigrants who have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (U.S. ICE) custody detention centers since Donald Trump took office. Here are those who died during 2018:

December 3, 2018

Guerman Volkov, 56, a Russian national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Baker County Detention Center, died Friday afternoon at a Jacksonville hospital after he went into cardiac arrest and efforts by hospital medical staff to revive him were unsuccessful.

November 26, 2018

Mergensana Amar, 40, a Russian national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was removed from life support Saturday afternoon, after attempting to take his own life on Nov. 15.

November 2, 2018

Cuban national Wilfredo Padron, 58, was pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, at 7:17 a.m. The official cause of death was believed to be “cardiac-related natural causes.”

July 26, 2018

Augustina Ramirez-Arreola, a 62-year-old Mexican national, was pronounced dead by medical staff at the Alvarado Hospital in La Mesa, California, while in the custody of ICE.

July 12, 2018

Efrain De La Rosa, 40, a Mexican national, was pronounced dead at Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Georgia, at 11:29 p.m. De La Rosa was found unresponsive in his cell and cause of death appeared to be self-inflicted strangulation.

June 12, 2018

Huy Chi Tran, 47, a Vietnamese national, was transferred to ICE custody on May 25, 2018, and transferred to the Eloy Detention Center on May 28, 2018, pending removal to Vietnam. Tran was found unresponsive on June 5, 2018, and local paramedics transported him to the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. He was declared deceased on June 12, 2018.

June 8, 2018

Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion, 34, a Eritrean national in transit to his home country, was being held by Egyptian authorities as he awaited removal to Asmara, Eritrea. Egyptian authorities later notified ICE that they found him deceased in a shower area.

May 25, 2018

Roxana Hernandez, 33, a Honduran woman, entered ICE custody on May 13 in San Diego. Two days later, ERO San Diego transferred her to ERO El Paso, and on May 16 Hernandez arrived at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, where she was housed in the transgender unit. Medical staff pronounced her deceased May 25 at 3:32 a.m. (MDT), and identified the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest.

May 16, 2018

Ronald Cruz, a 39-year-old Honduran national, died May 16, 2018, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center after being transferred to ICE’s Port Isabel Detention Center on May 14, 2018. The cause of death was identified as cardiac arrest.

April 10, 2018

Gourgen Mirimanian, 54, an Armenian national, died April 10, 2018, at the Texas Health Huguley Hospital. He entered ICE custody at the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas, on Feb. 6, 2018. On Dec. 12, 2017, ICE deportation officers encountered Mirimanian at a Bureau of Prisons facility in Fort Worth, and lodged an immigration detainer on him. On Feb. 6, 2018, the Bureau of Prisons had released Mirimanian to ICE custody.

February 19, 2018

Luis Ramirez-Marcano, 59, a Cuban national, was transported Feb. 17, to KRMC when ICE Health Service Corps medical personnel at the Krome Detention Center determined he should be taken to an emergency room for treatment after complaints of abdominal pain. He passed away the afternoon of Feb. 19.

January 31, 2018

Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, a Cuban national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, was transported Jan. 7 to Southwest Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Georgia after ICE Health Service Corps medical personnel at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia diagnosed him with pneumonia. Castro entered ICE custody on Nov. 24, 2017.

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