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Here’s The Latest Migrant To Die Due To Trump’s Dangerous Immigration Policies

His name is Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres. He is 30-years-old, and since 2013, he’s been trying desperately to enter the United States of America. He tried to re-enter this year, this time bringing his son, only to be told he’d have to return to Mexico. Now, this young man will never return to the U.S. ever again

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that 30-year-old Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres was found dead inside a detention center.

Investigators are looking into the cause of death, but according to an ICE press release, Balderramos-Torres was “found unresponsive in his dormitory. Attempts by medical personnel from ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to revive Balderramos-Torres were unsuccessful. EMS immediately transferred him to [the hospital] and medical staff pronounced him deceased on June 30 at 6:45 a.m. (CDT).”

Balderramos-Torres is the sixth person to die in U.S. custody, and the 25th person to die under the Trump Administration.

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This statistics does not include the death count of children.

While the man had originally been sent back to Mexico in May, under Trump’s new policy of “Remain In Mexico” — which is not the standard for asylum seekers, it’s unclear why they didn’t send him back when he was apprehended the following month.

According to BuzzFeed, “more than 15,000 individuals have been sent back to Mexico through the program, according to statistics released by the Mexican government. Last week, a group of asylum officers urged a federal appeals court to block the program, calling it ‘contrary to the moral fabric of our nation.’

Less than a month after being in detention, Balderramos-Torres died.

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Several news reports that conditions in these facilities are inhumane due to the overcrowdedness, lack of hygiene products, lack of water, and freezing temperatures. Some detainees are also under quarantine due to an outbreak of the measles and chicken pox.

The death is just part of a trend of people dying in U.S. custody as they attempt to come to the U.S.

There is growing concern from American citizens and the international community about the increasing deaths. The conditions in several immigration centers is drawing outrage from people calling on the U.S. government to do better. Children are dying in detention centers for the first time in a decade and the trend seems to only be becoming the norm.

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