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By Ben Kesslen
A transgender woman from El Salvador seeking asylum in the US died Saturday in a Texas hospital four days after she was released had been dismissed.
Johana Medina Leon, 25, complained of chest pain and was sent to Del Sol Medical Center, El Paso, Texas on Tuesday, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the same day, ICE announced that she was released on probation. Medina Leon died on the first day of the month of pride.
"This is another unfortunate example of a person illegally entering the United States with an untreated, unscreened disease," said Corey A. Price, head of the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field office in El Paso ,
Allegra Love, managing director of the Sante Fe Dreamers Project, a Medina Leon, a nonprofit organization providing immigrant free legal services, said she had done nothing "illegal" under the protocol of the US Department of Homeland Security [19659008escapedtotheUS"Lovesaid"
Medina Leon, known to friends as Joa, had been imprisoned in the US since mid-April . On May 18, Medina Leon received a positive credible fearfulness. Noted ICE lawyers told NBC News that Leon sought asylum in the US as a transgender woman.
Medina Leon was detained at the Otero County Processing Center, a private detention center in New Mexico where the ACLU and the Santa Fe Dreamer Project recently allegedly bad treatment and "incorrigible conditions" for LGBTQ immigrants In a letter to ICE, the groups stated that the practices of ICE in Otero are an uncertain one Environment for the LGBTQ prisoners detained in Otero.
Medina Leon died in ICE detention where she also tested HIV positive.
In a Facebook post about the death of Medina Leon, Diversidad Sin Fronteras, an advocacy group for LGBTQ refugees, said that Medina asked Leon ICE for medical help. She was "extremely ill and unconscious," the group said.
Medina Leon's death occurred almost exactly a year after Roxsana Hernandez, 33, a transgender migrant from Honduras, died of AIDS complications in ICE detention.
The Transgender Law Center's executive director said in a statement that the group was "devastated and outraged but not surprised" about the news of Leon's death.
Hayashi referred to the deaths of Hernandez and Medina Leon Deaths are a direct result of US government policies and will continue unless we force dramatic changes.
Rep. Deb Haaland, DN.M., tweeted Medina Leon's death was "heartbreaking."
"ICE is unwilling to meet the health needs of those who claim their right to asylum She said, "Improper health care and records of abusive trans people have cost Johana Medina her life."
After Hernandez's death in ICE detention, activists and advocates have sounded the alarm in treating LGBTQ migrants in ICE detention.
On Friday, the Transgender Law Center filed a lawsuit against DHS and ICE "for illegally withholding this information," and a NBC News investigation found that immigrants in US detention centers are often forced into solitary confinement because of LGBTQ are.
When a spokeswoman for Diversidad visited Sin Fronteras Medina Leon at the hospital, she said that we were deeply cornered by the fate of the young women. "I said what happened to Roxana in the month of May a year ago, JOA happened right there, and it did."
Love of the Sante Fe Dreamers Project told NBC News, "I'm giving an interview on medical for a week Conditions for trans women. "She described this as alarming and dangerous.
pretend to be shocked, did you miss it a year ago when a transgender was taken into custody in Albuquerque?