On the US-Mexico border, immigration officials are ripping children away from their parents. Federal public defenders say that between May 21 and June 5 in McAllen, Texas, 415 children were separated from their mothers and/or fathers. As news of the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance crackdown – which includes inhumanely tearing families apart – on immigration at the border, sparks outrage about how it will traumatize young children and their parents, we’re already seeing the negative effects of this policy.
After Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, and his wife and 3-year-old son arrived at Granjeno, Texas on May 12, agents split them up. They were taken into custody and at a processing station, they were informed they’d be separated. An agent, who anonymously spoke to The Washington Post, said Marco didn’t want to give up his child. “The guy lost his shit,” the agent said. “They had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands.”
Once handcuffed, Marco tried to flee. He was booked into jail at 9:40 p.m. By 9:50 a.m. on May 13, he was dead. He had committed suicide. A guard said a “piece of clothing twisted around his neck which was tied to the drainage location in the center of the cell.” But his story didn’t make the front pages of newspapers. As a matter of fact, no outlets covered the incident initially, because the Department of Homeland Security didn’t disclosed his death. But through a copy of a sheriff’s department report, The Washington Post reported this heartbreaking case.
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) June 11, 2018
As this tragic case goes viral, Marco’s story is sending shockwaves across the country. People are expressing their anger and support on social media. Check out a few reactions below.
@SecNielsen His name was Marco Antonio Muñoz
He was 39 years old from Honduras
He committed suicide in ICE custody after his three year son was taken from him at the border
His wife and son are still caged apart because of your policy
You are filth
— Michael F Ozaki MD (@brontyman) June 9, 2018
Donald Trump’s abhorrent family separation policy now has a death toll. Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father jailed apart from his wife and child, died from suicide inside a padded cell in Texas. This isn’t just affecting the kids. @NickMiroff reporting. https://t.co/ScmFCTWqEf
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 10, 2018
Marco Antonio Munoz was seperated from his son at the border. He was so distraught he killed himself in a detention center.
Say his name.#FamiliesBelongTogther
A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life https://t.co/QgTI8pw4gv
— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) June 9, 2018
Marco Antonio Muñoz, a 39-year-old Honduran asylum seeker, died by suicide after being separated from his wife and three-year-old son.
The Department of Homeland Security didn't publicly disclose his death and officials declined to comment on the case.https://t.co/o4qXyQx9AP
— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) June 9, 2018
Mr Marco Antonio Munoz so sorry! My profound & sincere sympathy to the Munoz family..
— Niecy (@NycLadi) June 9, 2018