Indian Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike at El Paso and Otero Threatened with Force Feeding and Retaliation

July 22, 2019 Indian asylum seekers are on prolonged hunger strike demanding their freedom. At El Paso four men 14 days without food told force-feeding orders being sought today. At Otero 4 men 7 days without food report severe verbal retaliation and threats. El Paso Hunger Strike Four asylum seekers from India who began a … Read moreIndian Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike at El Paso and Otero Threatened with Force Feeding and Retaliation

Day 10 of hunger strike, men moved to problematic El Paso detention center, involuntary force feeding imminent

Last evening, July 17, the four asylum seekers on hunger strike at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC) were moved to the El Paso Service Processing Center (EPSPC). This transfer is a common pattern with prolonged hunger strikes at OCPC, a facility that, in the last year, has seen more than 100 hunger strikes. At OCPC, once the health of an individual on hunger strike begins to deteriorate, ICE routinely transfers that person to EPSPC. Many of the nine asylum seeking hunger strikers who were force-fed in January-February of this year at EPSPC began hunger strikes at OCPC.

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July 14, Five Men Currently on Hunger Strike for Their Freedom

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July 14, 2019
Media Contacts: Margaret Brown Vega and Nathan Craig avid@chihuahuan.org

Chronic Hunger Strikes at Otero County Processing Center, New Mexico

Chaparral, NM: As of July 9, 2019, five men at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC) are on hunger strike seeking their freedom from prolonged ICE detention. By the 15th, they will not have eaten a meal in six days; some of the men are not drinking water. In June 18 men from Cuba were on hunger-strike for over a week. These two recent hunger strikes follow 93 other hunger strikes that occurred last year and were reported in an ICE inspection of OCPC in January. Unnecessarily detained for an extended time, these five men now on hunger strike understandably now want their freedom. Our cruel immigration system replete with unduly skeptical immigration judges,  cruel ICE officials, profiteering private contractors, and inhumane detention conditions bring these individuals to this point of desperation. We call on ICE to immediately release these men on their own recognizance.

Handwritten note from one of the hunger strikers says, “If I died in U.S. Immigration Camp only ICE responsible for my death…”

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Immigration Advocates Call For Immediate Release Of LGBT Individuals From ICE Detention in New Mexico Following Death Of Transgender Asylum Seeker

Despite Documented Abuses, Inaction Results in Death of Transgender Woman at the Otero County Processing Center Following the tragic death of Johana Medina, a transgender woman who was seeking asylum and detained at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC), Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention (AVID) in the Chihuahuan Desert and Freedom for Immigrants are … Read moreImmigration Advocates Call For Immediate Release Of LGBT Individuals From ICE Detention in New Mexico Following Death Of Transgender Asylum Seeker