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A Mexican man has become the 7th person to die in ICE custody since October.

On February 20, a Mexican man detained in Ohio died in ICE custody. His preliminary cause of death has been called suicide by self-inflicted strangulation, though this is being investigated. This is the 7th death in ICE custody for the current fiscal year.

ICE Releases Information on Detainees Who Have Died in Custody

In compliance with congressional requirements described in the FY2018 DHS Appropriations Bill, ICE has provided reports regarding in-custody detainee deaths beginning in FY2018. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Detention Watch Network, “More people died in immigration detention in fiscal year 2017 than any year since 2009” and immigration detainee deaths are “linked to dangerously inadequate medical care.”

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