Migrant Separated from Family at Texas Border Commits Suicide
TEXAS — June 11, 2018
A Honduran migrant Marco Antonio Muñoz who was separated from his family near the Texas border last month has committed suicide.
It all started when Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, was seeking asylum with his wife and 3-year-old son when he was taken into custody on May 11 near Weslaco, Texas, after which he was separated from his family, causing him to become extremely emotionally distressed. He was detained under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings.
“The guy lost his shit,” said a border patrol agent. “They had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands.”
They put him in prison for a year, but after two days in detention, he killed himself.
Muñoz’s wife and son have now been released from Border Patrol custody. Their present legal situation is not known.
Earlier the United Nations Human Rights Office condemned separating migrant families at the U.S. border and called for authorities to “immediately halt” the practice.
Trump who announced a “zero-tolerance” policy has blamed Democrats for the families’ separations, claiming that the opposing political party created a law that requires children to be separated from their parents.
“All they have to do is call us,” President Trump said. “And we’ll draw a bill that gives us great border safety and security, and it’s fair. Because I don’t like these children being separated from their parents, I don’t like it; I hate it! But that’s a Democrat bill that we’re enforcing.”