CBP Statement on Death in Custody: 40-year-old Honduran Woman Passes Away in Eagle Pass, TX
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Del Rio Sector apprehended a woman today after illegally crossing the border in Eagle Pass, Texas, at 6:20. a.m., CDT. The woman collapsed at 6:45 a.m. shortly after arrival to the Eagle Pass South Station. Agents and Officers quickly initiated emergency medical care until Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at 6:55 a.m. EMS continued emergency care and transported her to a local hospital. Despite all efforts to save the 40-year-old woman’s life, hospital authorities pronounced her deceased. At this time, CBP is not releasing the identity of the woman until confirmation that the her loved ones have been notified. The care of those in CBP’s custody is paramount. Consistent with policy, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility has initiated a review. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General and the Government of Honduras have been notified.
Statement Attributable to Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders:
“A 40-year old Honduran woman collapsed upon arrival to the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station and later passed away at the hospital after emergency medical personnel attempted to save her life. On behalf of the men and women of CBP, we extend our deepest condolences to those who are just learning of the death of their loved one. This tragedy marks the second time in less than 36 hours that a person has died immediately following their perilous migration from their home in Central America, through Mexico and across our Southwest border.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.