by Susan Montoya Bryan and Anita Snow | AP May 30 at 8:03 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The death of a transgender woman while in the custody of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has caused defenders to demand that LGBTQ immigrants detainees are released until their cases are heard.
The protest came even when President Donald Trump and others increasingly criticize the practice known as "capture and liberation" in which migrants are released while they are subject to deportation.
Federal officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what caused the death of the 33-year-old Honduran migrant on Friday at a hospital in Albuquerque. The woman was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications badociated with HIV.
The activists identified the migrant as Roxana Hernández and said that she was part of a highly publicized caravan of Central American asylum seekers who traveled through Mexico to the US border. in San Diego last month. The effort attracted the attention of Trump, who tweeted that they should not be allowed to enter the US. UU
Authorities listed the woman's name as Jeffry Hernandez when she was arrested in San Diego. She was later transferred to El Paso, Texas, and then transferred to a detention center in New Mexico where she was placed in the transgender unit.
She was the sixth detainee to die in ICE custody since October 2017.
This November 2017 photo provided by Sarah Macaraeg shows the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, NM The death of a transgender woman while she was In the custody of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service, detained LGBT migrants have been released until their cases are heard. (Sarah Macaraeg via AP) (Associated Press)
Nineteen members of Congress on Wednesday sent a letter to National Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, expressing concern about how LBGTQ migrants are sheltered and whether they are protected from abuse.
These people, particularly transgender women, are extremely vulnerable to abuse, including badual badault, while in custody, "said the letter signed by Representative Kathleen M. Rice, a New York Democrat and 18 other US lawmakers.
The letter asked the federal agency to use its discretion to release migrants considered high risk of abuse to be safe during their immigration proceedings.
The California Transgender Law Center and other groups also issued statements demanding that transgender people not be detained by the immigration authorities while their cases are being reviewed.
"The Immigration and Customs Enforcement clearly can not stop transgender women safely, and therefore should not detain women transgender at all, "said Aaron C. Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, a national group to the rights of LGBTQ immigrants.
Anandrea Molina, president of Trans Latino Organization in Texas, said: "The community, now more than ever, needs to organize to protect our most vulnerable immigrant women, particularly transgender people who are surrounded by violence on a daily basis."
The organizers of Pueblo Sin Fronteras said that Hernández appeared before US Customs. UU Border Protection Officers at the San Ysidro port of entry in California on May 9 and requested asylum. The group questioned whether he received adequate medical care while in federal custody.
It was delivered on May 13 to the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees immigration detention centers. Both agencies are part of the Department of Homeland Security.
ICE says that all detainees must undergo medical, dental, and mental health examinations within 12 hours of their arrival at the detention center. Detainees also have access to emergency care 24 hours a day.
Immigration authorities have said that Hernandez was admitted on May 17 at Cibola General Hospital in Grants, New Mexico. Later that day she was transferred to the Albuquerque hospital, where she remained in the intensive care unit until she was pronounced dead. Hospital staff said the preliminary cause of death was a cardiac arrest.
Immigration authorities say that between 2005 and 2009, Hernández illegally entered the United States twice and was allowed to return voluntarily to Mexico because he claimed Mexican nationality. Migrants from Central America often claim to be Mexican, so they will not be transported back to their country of origin.
In 2014, Hernández illegally re-entered the US. UU For the third time and he was arrested and expelled. The authorities say.
Authorities also say that she was convicted of robbery in 2006 and prostitution and other charges in 2009. Both cases were in Texas.
Snow reported from Phoenix. AP writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego also contributed to this report.
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