Mexican male dies in ICE custody of “flu like” symptoms

A Mexican man who had exhibited symptoms of the flu died after efforts to revive him while he was in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, according to the federal agency.

Abel Reyes-Clemente was transferred to ICE custody at the Florence Service Processing Center in Arizona after serving jail time on a misdemeanor conviction at the Maricopa County Jail in February for driving under the influence. According to records, the 54-year-old had been deported to Mexico five times, most recently in 2008.

“Comprehensive medical care is provided from the moment detainees arrive and throughout the entirety of their stay,” the federal agency said in their statement.

“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.”

ICE said the agency spends more than $269 million on the spectrum of healthcare services provided to detainees each year.

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