Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, crossed into the U.S. from Mexico with his wife and 3-year-old son on May 12 near Granjeno, a town where Central American families seeking asylum often turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates and others participate in rally and and demonstration at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan against the Trump administration's policy that enables federal agents to take migrant children away from their parents at the border on June 1, 2018 in New York, United States. Officers booked Muñoz at almost 10:00 p.m. on May 12 and reportedly checked on the man every 30 minutes. The sheriff's office said he didn't show any mental health problems or say anything that might have suggested he was thinking about killing himself. The report doesn't say what time that occurred and the sheriff's office didn't respond to requests for comment Sunday.
The sheriff's report, like a CBP news release on Saturday, made no mention of details in the newspaper's story about why Munoz might have been so despondent. The CBP statement says Munoz was apprehended at the Weslaco, Texas, border station on May 11 and transferred to the Rio Grande Valley immigration processing center.
On May 7, days before Mr. Muñoz was apprehended at the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would criminally prosecute everyone who illegally crosses the Southwest border, in what he called a "zero tolerance" policy meant to deter new migrants, mainly from Central American countries like Honduras. It said he was sent to the Starr County jail after becoming "disruptive and combative".
Customs and Border Patrol said the incident highlights the dangers illegal aliens face at the hands of smugglers, placing them in unsafe conditions.