A Cuban man in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday afternoon at the facility.
Roylan Hernandez-Diaz, 43, was pronounced dead at 2:21 p.m. local time by facility medical personnel after he was found unresponsive in his cell and efforts by facility staff and emergency personnel to revive him were unsuccessful. The preliminary cause of death appears to be self-inflicted strangulation; however, the case is currently under investigation.
Consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate agencies have been notified about the death, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.
Additionally, ICE has notified Mr. Hernandez-Diaz’s next of kin.
Mr. Hernandez-Diaz entered ICE custody May 20, 2019, two days after he was encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, and deemed inadmissible under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
He was subsequently transferred into ICE custody pending adjudication of his claim for an immigration benefit. At the time of his death, Mr. Hernandez-Diaz’s case was still pending before the federal immigration courts.