Accuracy in Media

A CNN article from late Monday night reported a 45-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant passed away at McAllen Medical Center on February 18. However, the U.S. CBP’s full release was sporadically different than what CNN reported. 

According to the CBP’s statement released on February 18, a Mexican man was “encountered by the Roma Texas Police Department on February 2, near the Roma Port of Entry and requested medical attention.”

The immigrant was transported to the Mission Region Medical Center, located in Mission Texas. There, he received any and all medical treatment he has requested to officials at the border. Medical professionals at Mission Region Medical Center cleared him to return to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station.

The next day (February 3) immediately following a welfare check – the illegal immigrant asked for medical attention, and was transported to McAllen Medical Center shortly after. There, according to the CPB release, he was “initially diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure.”

15 days later the man passed away. Although the official cause of death is unknown per the release, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General as well as the Mexican government had been notified.

Andrew Meehan, CPB assistant commissioner for public affairs, said in a statement, “This loss of life is tragic. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones. CPB remains committed to ensuring the safe and humane treatment of those within the care of our custody.”

CBP has not been held responsible for his death or any malpractice.

In CNN’s reporting on this story attempted to tie in the sick children who came across the border illegally and passed away in late 2018.

Medically, liver cirrhosis is “A late stage of scarring of the liver due to many forms of liver diseases and conditions such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism.”

Congestive heart failure is, “A chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of heart muscles. This simply does not mean the heart stops working, however, it’s a progression of weakness and efficiency in a heart that occurs overtime.”

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