- The Washington Times
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A repeat-illegal immigrant who was defying a judge’s orders and President Trump’s remain-in-Mexico policy, died over the weekend after more than three weeks in ICE custody.

Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres, 30, from Honduras, was “found unresponsive in his dormitory” on Sunday morning, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Paramedics tried to revive him but were unable.

He was taken to a Houston hospital where he was declared dead.

He’s the sixth migrant to die in ICE custody over the last nine months.

ICE said his death has been reported to several watchdogs for review.

ICE did not give any more details about the man’s death, but did detail his history of illegal immigration dating back to 2013, when he was first arrested after illegally jumping the border, was processed for expedited removal and was sent back to Honduras.

Authorities said Mr. Balderramos-Torres sneaked back into the U.S. in May and was caught by the Border Patrol.

He was one of the early migrants to be subject to Mr. Trump’s Migration Protection Protocols, which returns some people who make asylum claims back to Mexico to await the outcome of their hearings — thus the informal name of the remain-in-Mexico policy.

But Mr. Balderramos-Torres refused to wait for a decision and 10 days after his initial capture, he was snared by local police in Texas and was turned over to ICE, where officers reinstated his 2013 deportation order and were holding him for removal back to Honduras.

ICE, in announcing the death, detailed the steps it takes to provide medical care, including giving all detainees a medical, dental and mental health screening within 12 hours of arrival and a “full health assessment” within 14 days of entering custody.

ICE said it has 24-hour emergency care on hand, and its annual medical budget is $269 million.

ICE is the agency charged with detaining and deporting illegal immigrants.

It is different from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the border agency, which has its own set of facilities that are meant to be for short-term processing, before migrants can be turned over to ICE.

The federal Health Department also has shelters where it keeps custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

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