An Indian national has become the second Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee this week to die after entering federal custody.
According to an ICE press release, Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, died on Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled a complication from congestive heart failure.
Patel is the eighth ICE detainee to die in custody since the start of the fiscal year in October.
Jean Jimenez-Joseph also died in a Georgia hospital after being detained at Stewart Detention Center. The 27-year-old Panamanian national committed suicide on Monday.
Patel arrived in Atlanta on May 10 aboard a flight from Quito, Ecuador. He was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because he didn't have the necessary immigration documents, ICE says. On Thursday, he was transferred to the Atlanta City Detention Center where he was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes during an initial medical screening.
After just two days in ICE custody, a nurse found on Saturday he had shortness of breath. Patel was then transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment, where he later died.
The India consulate has been advised of his death so Patel's next of kin can be notified.
ICE said its senior management will review Patel's death. In addition, the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility have also been notified of Patel's death.