A 58-year-old Indian man died on Tuesday in the custody of United States immigration officials at a hospital in Atlanta. Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel was detained last week for allegedly not maintaining necessary immigration documents while entering the nation.
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Mr. Patel to custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center for 2 days. Officials told the preliminary cause of his death is congestive heart failure Mr. Patel arrived at the Atlanta airport on May 10 on a flight from Ecuador.
The Immigration department, in a statement, told the United States Customs and Border Protection denied Mr. Patel entry into the nation as he did not possess the required immigration documents. He was then transferred to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
At the Atlanta City Detention Center, Mr. Patel received a first medical screening also was found to have high blood pressure & diabetes.
On Saturday, a nurse checking Mr. Patel’s blood sugar noticed he had a breathing problem following which he was shifted to a hospital where he passed away.
The immigration department told 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”.
The agency has told the Indian consular representatives who informed Mr. Patel’s family about his death.
The agency told that deaths in its custody are “exceedingly rare” and occur at a fraction of the rate of the United States detained population as a whole.