ICE Deportee Killed Himself En Route to Native Country

ICE Deportee Killed Himself En Route to Native Country

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Originally published by The Daily Beast

A 34-year-old Eritrean killed himself while being deported back to his home country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday. Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion was being held in Egypt’s Cairo International Airport when authorities found him “deceased in a shower area.” His body was then transported to a local hospital and en route to Eritrea’s capital Asmara. Testfatsion was apprehended by immigration authorities last year at the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry when he attempted to illegally cross the southern border, and was ordered to be deported by a federal immigration judge in October. Another deportee death occurred in Mexico, when Manuel Antonio Cano-Pachec—a 19-year-old DACA recipient—had his throat slit in a suspected gang-related incident just three weeks after arriving.

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