Activists said Hernandez died of preventable causes. In a letter to ICE officials following Hernandez's death, New Mexico Republicans Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and California Democrat Kamala Harris called for an explanation.
"According to ICE, Lovelace Medical Center preliminarily listed Ms. Hernandez's cause of death as cardiac arrest. The Transgender Law Center had an independent autopsy performed that suggested severe complications of dehydration on top of an H.I.V. infection and also suggested that Ms. Hernandez was beaten with a baton or similar object while she was restrained by handcuffs," the letter read.
Bennett called reports of Hernandez's abuse "false" in a previous statement.
Once at the border, they must apply for asylum in an era where migrants are being demonized by the Trump administration, which has enacted draconian policies, such as the family separations, in order to deter immigration. Trump's latest change forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico in dangerous circumstances until their cases are heard by U.S. judges.