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ICE force-feeds detainees on hunger strike

AP
Published Feb 1, 2019, 5:05 am IST
Updated Feb 1, 2019, 5:05 am IST
The men say they stopped eating to protest verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards.
Federal Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) (Photo: File | AFP).
 Federal Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) (Photo: File | AFP).

Washington: Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that's gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says 11 detainees at the El Paso Processing Center have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days. Detainees who reached the AP, along with a relative and an attorney representing hunger strikers, said nearly 30 detainees from India and Cuba have been refusing to eat, and some are now so weak they cannot stand up or talk.

 

Another four detainees are on hunger strikes in the agency's Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco areas of responsibility, said ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa.

The men say they stopped eating to protest verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards. They are also upset about lengthy lock ups while awaiting legal proceedings.    

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