58-year-old Indian detained at Atlanta airport dies in custody

  • 58-year-old Indian detained at Atlanta airport dies in custody

58-year-old Indian detained at Atlanta airport dies in custody

New York-An Indian man who came to the U.S. from Latin America without proper documents has died while in federal custody in Atlanta, in Georgia state, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Patel received an initial medical screening at the Atlanta City Detention Center, and it was found that he had diabetes and high blood pressure.

Patel arrived at the Atlanta airport May 10 aboard a flight from Quito, Ecuador. On Monday, a 27-year-old Panamanian had died after being in solitary confinement for 19 days, according to the report.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took Patel into custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center for two days.

The ICE said Patel had been detained because he did not have the proper documents when he entered the US. The officials stated that the preliminary cause of his demise as complications from congestive heart failure.

A nurse that did the medical checkup of Patel on Saturday noticed that he had breathing trouble and was immediately moved to the Grady Memorial Hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.

Patel's death news was sent to his family by the Indian consular officials.

ICE said it is firmly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody and is "undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of the incident, as it does in all such cases".

Patel is the eighth individual to have died in ICE custody this year.

She told the newspaper that the government was constitutionally obligated to provide detainees with adequate medical care "and two deaths in Georgia in one week certainly raises the question to me of whether the ICE and the United States government are meeting those legal obligations".

The recent deaths have drawn sharp criticism from immigrant rights activists, who have long decried conditions in immigration detention centers and called on the government to close such facilities.