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Border patrol announces 4th migrant death since December

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, March 19 2019 Mar 19, 2019 March 19, 2019 5:53 PM March 19, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Immigration officials say a Mexican migrant died Monday after he was arrested near an urban border crossing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity was not released.

The migrant died at the Las Palmas Medical Center after receiving treatment for flu-like symptoms, liver failure and kidney failure.

It is the fourth death of a migrant in CBP custody since December, including an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said this month that the system "is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point."

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