24-year-old ICE detainee dies in south Texas hospital
A 24-year-old Salvadoran national, who had been in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations custody since June 27, 2014, died Sunday, August 3 at Laredo Medical Center.
Welmer Alberto Garcia-Huezo, 24, a native of El Salvador was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol near Harlingen, Texas, on June 25 and was transferred into ICE custody two days later at the Rio Grande Detention Center in Laredo.
On July 6, Garcia-Huezo became ill and was transferred from ICE custody to the Laredo Medical Center. Initially, medical staff at LMC diagnosed Garcia-Huezo with cardiac arrest, but ICE officials say they will await autopsy results for the official cause of death.
ICE protocol requires that appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies be notified of Garcia-Huezo's death, along with consular officials from El Salvador, who notified his next of kin.