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Atulkumar Babubhai Patel dies in ICE Custody

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Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, was briefly held by federal immigration authorities at the Atlanta City Detention Center before he was brought to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died Tuesday.

ATLANTA (Diya TV) — An Indian national who was being detained by federal immigration authorities in Atlanta died Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital, he is the second U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee to die in the state in as many days.

Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to ICE. The preliminary cause of his death, according to ICE officials, has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure.

Federal authorities are additionally currently investigating the death of a Panamanian national who was being held in an immigration detention center more than 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, died after he was found unresponsive — with a sheet around his neck — in his solitary confinement cell at the Stewart Detention Center at 12:45 a.m. Monday, ICE said. He had been isolated for 19 days.

Patel arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 10 aboard a flight from Quito, Ecuador. According to ICE, he did not have the proper immigration documents, so he was placed in federal custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center. After receiving medical screening there, he was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes, officials said.

On Saturday, a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he was short of breath, so he was transported to Grady, where he later died.

ICE has contacted Indian consular representatives, who have notified Patel’s next of kin. Patel is the eighth detainee to die in ICE custody in the fiscal year ending this September.

“ICE is firmly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody and is undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of this incident, as it does in all such cases,” the federal agency said in a news release. “This agency’s comprehensive review will be conducted by ICE senior leadership to include Enforcement and Removal Operations, the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor.”

News of the two deaths comes as the Trump administration is looking to amp up immigration enforcement and deport many more people living in the U.S. without authorization. Patel and Jimenez are among more than 170 people who have died in U.S. immigration detention centers since 2003, according to Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, or CIVIC, which wants to end immigration detention in this country.

ICE defended its practices.

“All individuals who enter ICE custody receive a comprehensive medical screening within twelve hours,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said. Patel, Cox added, “was promptly identified as needing additional medical care and transferred to the appropriate location, which shows that ICE is fully committed to ensuring individuals in its custody receive all appropriate medical treatment.”

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Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with George Floyd’s murder

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — One of the Minneapolis police officers fired for their role in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd died after he was pinned to the ground by those officers, with Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The other officers are under investigation, but no charges were announced. The arrest comes after a night of tumult in Minneapolis, where a police station and new housing project were burned down and stores were looted.

Protests that were largely limited to Minneapolis this week have now spread around the nation. From New York to Atlanta, Washington to San Jose, thousands of people outraged over Floyd’s death have taken to the streets. While gatherings started as peace expressions of grief, many of them have turned violent.

President Trump announced there will be a federal investigation over Floyd’s death. But he’s also caused controversy with a tweet quoting George Wallace that said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reaction to the fires set in Minneapolis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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In Oval Office, Trump offers personal mediation to India-China

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  President Trump, when asked in the Oval Office to comment on the growing India-China border dispute, said he would be happy to mediate any issues between the two nations. Trump added he spoke to Prime Minister Modi and claims Modi “is not in a good mood about what’s going on with China.”

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum normally holds events at high-end hotels. But this time out, their West Coast Summit brought dignitaries together virtually, featuring speakers like Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and FedEx President Raj Subramaniam to discuss the growing U.S.-India relationship.

The Indian government is allowing Indian Americans with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to return. They had restricted such travel as part of India’s strict lockdown two months ago.

And bad weather delayed a landmark U.S. trip into space by NASA and SpaceX. It was to be the first space mission with astronauts aboard powered by a private company. Instead, they will aim to lift off once again on Saturday.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Somber milestone: 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Three months into the pandemic, America hit a grim milestone — 100,000 dead in the U.S. at the hands of COVID-19. Cases continue to rise in 14 states, including California. 1.7 million Americans are now afflicted with COVID-19.

In a tweet, President Trump chimed into the growing India-China border dispute, offering to have American officials meditate to keep the peace. China already has ongoing rifts with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet — regions with underlying calls for independence. And there are many asking for American intervention in those matters. We’ll analyze all of these movements.

Peaceful protests have turned into riots in Minneapolis after the senseless killing of George Floyd by police. The four officers involved have been fired. And now Minneapolis’ mayor wants criminal charges for 44 year old Derek Chauvin, the now fired officer who suffocated Floyd to death while onlookers screamed for him to stop.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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