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Kate Morrissey of the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper reports that a trans woman from Honduras who asked for asylum as part of the recent migrant caravan died Friday while in federal custody after being hospitalized with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV.
Known to people in the caravan as Roxana, or Roxy, Hernández, and in ICE's records as Jeffry Hernandez, the 33-year-old asked for asylum on May 9 after traveling through Mexico with the migrant caravan that the Trump administration frequently criticized.
Immigration officials kept her in temporary holding cells for about a week before sending her to the transgender unit at Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, a private facility run by CoreCivic that houses immigrant detainees for ICE.
The day after Hernández arrived at the detention facility, she was admitted to Cibola General Hospital, according to a news release from ICE. Later that day, she was airlifted to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. Early on May 25, she was pronounced dead with cardiac arrest cited as the preliminary cause.
An autopsy to determine cause of death is pending, ICE said.