Indian Asylum Seekers Sustain Hunger Strikes at El Paso and Krome Facilities
Day 38 in El Paso … ICE seeking force-feeding orders this week | Day 31 in Krome…all three men are in the hospital
Seven asylum seekers from India are on hunger strike at ICE detention facilities in two states. There are two groups of asylum seekers, one detained at the El Paso Service Processing Center in El Paso, Texas and the other detained at the Krome North Service Processing Center near Miami, Florida. The group in El Paso has not eaten for 38 days, and the group in Krome for 31 days. Both immigration prisons have a history of force-feeding hunger strikers. At El Paso earlier this year, a group of 9 Sikh asylum seekers who were on hunger strike were brutally force-fed, prompting international outrage and an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General. Results of that investigation still have not been made public. Now these two groups of asylum seekers face the same inhumane treatment by ICE.