In an ICE processing center in El Paso, Texas, 11 immigrants are being force-fed through plastic nasal tubes after refusing nine consecutive meals in a hunger strike demonstration. And a federal judge authorized this torture.
The asylum-seekers are participating in the hunger strike to raise awareness and improve their situation inside the detention center. Instead, ICE officials have made immigrants’ lives even worse.
According to Amrit Singh, a family member of two detainees, “They are not well. Their bodies are really weak, they can’t talk and they have been hospitalized…They want to know why they are still in the jail and want to get their rights and wake up the government immigration system.” A lawyer for one of the detainees, Ruby Kaur, reports that those on the hunger strike are kept in solitary confinement and threatened with deportation.
This is both physical and psychological torture. How is this treatment of our fellow human beings seeking asylum in the USA ok? Something like this could only happen in a system tailored to keep migrants with legitimate claims of asylum from ever being allowed into the country.
This hunger strike is the result of months of waiting with no clear idea of when, if ever, a refugee may walk free on American soil. Living with constant uncertainty about your future is a daily ordeal for these detainees. These are people who fled persecution and violence in their home country only to be terrorized by our government.
We will keep fighting for the rights and human dignity of asylum seekers, both in the courtroom and in the streets. We will keep fighting for the rights and human dignity of asylum seekers, both in the courtroom and in the streets. This week Congress will continue to discuss more funding for “border security,” which really means more money for private prison contracts, and therefore more abuses. They created a committee of Democrats and Republicans to negotiate funding for DHS, while Trump continues to threaten with another government shutdown if he doesn’t get his wall. This is insane and we can’t let it happen. These agencies don’t need more money.
Call the Democratic members of the House Conference Committee and demand not one more dollar for the Department of Homeland Security. You can find their phone numbers in the image below. Thank you.