The deceased is the eighth person to die in immigration custody this year.
Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel, a 58-year-old Indian man, died on Tuesday in the custody of US immigration officials at a hospital in Atlanta. Officials said the preliminary cause of his death was congestive heart failure.
Patel was detained last week at the airport by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials for not possessing necessary immigration documents while entering the US.
Two days after being in custody, Patel was shifted to a hospital when a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he had trouble breathing. He was identified to have diabetes and high blood pressure in the initial medical screening at the Atlanta City Detention Centre.
The agency has informed the Indian consular representatives who informed Patel’s family about his death.
“We are firmly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody and is undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of the incident, as it does in all such cases,” the immigration department said.
The agency also said that deaths in its custody are exceedingly rare and occur at a fraction of the rate of the US detained population as a whole.
Patel is the eighth person to die in ICE custody in 2017.