Second Mexican migrant kills himself after being stopped at US border
Norberto Santa Cruz hanged himself inside a detention cell in El Paso, Texas, a week after his arrest.
Norberto Santa Cruz, a 42 year old Mexican citizen arrested on an immigration charge died during the weekend after hanging himself in the El Paso County Jail, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Monday. This is the second case under the Trump administration of a Mexican migrant who has committed suicide after being detained.
Santa Cruz died at a hospital on Saturday, a week being on life support after he was found on the morning of March 4 when he attempted suicide by hanging himself, sheriff and Border Patrol officials said. There was no note with a possible motive for the suicide, the local authorities said. The U.S. Border Patrol had arrested Santa Cruz , of Juárez, on a warrant for an illegal re-entry charge.
Santa Cruz’s death was a surprise to his relatives. People who knew him said they were not aware that he was planning to cross the border illegally. They reported him as a responsible person who had a job. His friends described him as friendly, if solitary, as reported in El País, citing El Diario de Juárez.
In February, an immigrant named José Luis Jiménez jumped off a bridge after being turned back by US authorities for the third time. Eyewitnesses said that right before jumping, he screamed in desperation at having to return to Mexico.
Donald Trump pledged to deport more than three million undocumented migrants from the US. Since taking office he has signed orders to increase the powers of border agents and to hire 15,000 new officials. He also wants to build a wall along the border, although Reuters recently revealed that the US government does not currently have the money for such a project, as reported in El País,
Funding for the construction of the border wall is included in Trump's 2018 budget, presented yesterday to the Congress, and pending of approval.