Jose Javier Hernandez-Valencia, 44

HOUSTON — A Mexican national who in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Saturday at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (LBJH) in Houston, Texas. Jose Javier Hernandez-Valencia, 44, was declared deceased April 12, with the preliminary cause of death being pulmonary edema (a condition where fluid fills the lungs) and complications from tuberculosis.

Jose is the third person to die in ICE custody in 2014.

Peter George Rockwell, 46

HOUSTON — A Canadian national who had been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since Jan. 30, 2014, passed away Saturday at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas. Peter George Rockwell, 46, was declared deceased Feb. 22, with the preliminary cause of death being a massive heart attack or stroke.

Peter is the second person to die in ICE custody in 2014.

Democracy Now interviewed Dave Pierre, who was locked up in immigration detention for 1,144 days, about his prolonged detention. He was only released after a fellow prisoner, Tiombe Carlos, committed suicide. Also on the program is Abraham Paulos, executive director of Families for Freedom, which helped Dave throughout his detention.

Clemente Ntangola Mponda, 27

From ICE’s press release:

ICE detainee passes away in Houston

HOUSTON — On Sept. 2, 2013, Clemente Ntangola Mponda, a 27-year-old Mozambican  national, passed away at Hermann Memorial Northeast Hospital in Houston. Mponda was found unresponsive in his cell at the Houston Contract Detention Facility early Monday morning and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff, due to apparent respiratory and cardiac arrest. An autopsy will be performed to determine the precise cause of death.

Mponda entered the United States on a student visa in 2007. He overstayed his visa and came into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in May 2012, after being encountered at the Harris County Jail where he was serving time for a criminal conviction.

ICE officials have notified the Mozambican consulate. In addition, consistent with ICE protocol, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified.

Mponda is the ninth detainee to pass away in ICE custody in fiscal year 2013.

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