Man with flu symptoms dies in immigration detention center, ICE says

A Mexican man who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms died in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center this week, immigration officials said Friday.

Abel Reyes-Clemente, 54, died at the Florence Service Processing Center in Arizona two days after he was treated for flu symptoms, officials said in a news release.

Reyes-Clemente had been in ICE custody since his release from a Phoenix-area jail in late February after serving time for a misdemeanor conviction of driving under the influence, officials said. He is the fourth person to die in ICE custody since Oct. 1, according to officials.


Reyes-Clemente was placed under medical observation on Monday, ICE said in a statement. According to officials, facility personnel found him "unresponsive and not breathing" early Wednesday morning. 

The agency said ICE medical staff and local paramedics tried to revive Reyes-Clemente, but he was later declared dead by doctors at Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Officials said they will determine Reyes-Clemente's official cause of death following an autopsy.

"All ICE detainees receive medical, dental and mental health intake screening within 12 hours of arriving at each detention facility, a full health assessment within 14 days of entering ICE custody or arrival at a facility, and access to daily sick call and 24-hour emergency care," the agency said in its statement.

The Hill has reached out to ICE for further comment.