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Cameroon man dies in ICE custody in San Diego

The Hill | A man from Cameroon died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Tuesday, the agency announced Wednesday.

Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old detainee, was rushed to a San Diego hospital on Thursday after he experienced a “hypertensive event” in the middle of the night, ICE wrote in a statement.

He was unresponsive to questions and appeared to be paralyzed on his left side after suffering from a brain bleed.

Abienwi stayed at the hospital and continued undergoing treatment until his death, ICE said. Doctors said the brain hemorrhage and resulting brain death as the causes of his passing.

He initially went to the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where he applied for admission into the U.S. on Sept. 5 but did not have the right documents, ICE said in the statement. He was transferred to ICE custody on Sept. 19.

ICE is reviewing the incident, writing in the statement that it is “committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody” and that fatalities are “exceedingly rare.”

An ICE spokeswoman did not provide any additional comment to The Hill.

The death marks the first in ICE custody since the start of fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday.

Eight detainees died in ICE custody during fiscal year 2019, with the most recent passing away in early September.

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  1. What else will send people fleeing their rich country – BAD GOVERNANCE,
    from the owner of the vineyard called Biya Paul.

    • Kumkum Pass Garri

      Joshua the dumbeat ambafool! If all immigrants in the US are fleeing bad governance then bad governance is the norm and not the exception. The world is waiting for ambafools to free the world of bad governance and stop immigration.

      Joshua you are a Brainless idiot ambafool.

      • Bulu pick explained to everyone the resurrection of field Marshall or keep quiet. Bulu ngong dog

        • He is really a `ngong dog`. Good governance, has carried the minds
          of all, to look the US direction – good roads, credit card, even dirty jobs,
          no tribalism or godfather etc etc. You are a human being, and have rights, unlike in the BULU run cameroon. The US president, can not stay
          out of his country to a hotel abroad, to do state work like BULU Biya.
          One man, can not own a country and remain in power for life etc etc,
          useless bulu bastards.

  2. They must get used to it. We will make Amba great again. We will not yield.

  3. I meant Amba @Theman
    Amba was great before the charade called larepublique, several roads in Kumba, mamfe, banda a d Buea were tarred . Yes you heard me right in the 1950s and 1960s. Tiki had an international airport and exports left from Victoria and Tiko.
    Amba was great then, it will be great again.

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