ICE Report Reveals Emotional Struggles of Nepali Immigrant Subash in US Detention Before His Death

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a comprehensive report detailing the untimely death of 34-year-old Nepali citizen Subash Shrestha. Shrestha, who entered the United States without a visa, passed away while in detention at the Karnes County Immigration Processing Center in Texas on November 13, sparking concerns over the conditions and healthcare within immigration facilities.

Shrestha’s journey to the U.S. commenced with his apprehension on September 9 at the Karnes¬† County Immigration Processing Center, following a notice and order for expedited deportation from the U.S. Border Patrol under Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The report, published months after the incident, outlines the sequence of events leading up to Shrestha’s tragic demise. According to the document, on November 10, just two days before his death, Shrestha underwent an initial psychiatric evaluation revealing a diagnosis of adjustment disorder and anxiety. During his time in custody, Shrestha underwent a staggering 25 physical and mental health tests, consistently expressing emotional distress and a deep yearning for his family.

The report also sheds light on Shrestha’s health evaluations conducted between September and October, which included assessments for abdominal pain, chest pain, and sleep problems. Medical interventions such as antacids and dietary restrictions were administered, along with mental health evaluations and referrals for stress management groups.

Despite efforts to address his health concerns, the tragedy unfolded on the morning of November 13. At 11:56 a.m., medical staff received information about a medical emergency involving Shrestha. Despite immediate CPR efforts and the use of an automated external defibrillator, Shrestha could not be revived. Emergency medical services declared his death at 12:48 p.m., stating that all life-saving measures had failed.

Born on April 6, 1989, Shrestha hailed from Bahrbise Municipality 8, Sindhupalchok. His entry into the U.S. involved stops in Turkey and Spain after leaving Kathmandu. Shrestha’s family resides in Bahrbise Municipality-6, where his father serves as the Ward President. He left home on August 22, 2023.

This tragic incident has raised concerns about the conditions and medical care provided to detainees within U.S. immigration facilities, prompting calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Shrestha’s death. Advocacy groups and human rights organizations are urging increased transparency and accountability within the immigration detention system.

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