Originally published by The Hill
A Guatemalan woman reportedly died in federal immigration custody on Sunday, becoming the eighth person to die while being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this fiscal year.
The 22-year-old woman died in a Texas hospital following surgery at an Oklahoma hospital in early February to remove her gallbladder, according to a report by Buzzfeed, which noted that she had been in federal immigration custody for five months.
The woman was first apprehended by Border Patrol agents in September, after crossing the border illegally from Mexico into Texas, the news outlet reported.
She was deemed to have passed a "credible fear" test — the first step in the asylum process — and was sent to ICE custody at an Oklahoma facility, it added.
That's where she was taken to the first hospital for surgery last month, and after returning to the Oklahoma detention facility, she was transferred to another detention center in Texas on Feb. 13, according to the Buzzfeed report.
Five days later, she was transferred to the Texas hospital, where she died Sunday. Officials have not yet released a cause of death.
The woman was the eighth person to die under immigration detention in fiscal 2020, which ends in late September. The same number of people died under similar circumstances in all of fiscal 2019.