Attorney swarmed by ICE and denied access to her client
An Indian asylum seeker on day 26of his hunger strike for freedom was taken by ICE from the El Paso Service Processing Center to an El Paso hospital emergency room late Saturday afternoon. His whereabouts were unknown for several hours. Advocates finally located him at East Providence hospital. Shockingly, his attorney Linda Corchado, with a signed medical waiver from her client in hand, was not allowed to see him. Hospital staff were not the problem. ICE was.
4 Indian Asylum Seekers Detained in El Paso on 25th Day of Hunger Strike
ICE transfers 3 other Indian asylum seekers to Florida on 18th day of second hunger strike in preparation for force feeding
EL PASO — Four Indian asylum seekers are entering their fourth week on hunger strike at the El Paso Service Processing Center, the same ICE jail which faced a separate, large scale hunger strike and where a group of men were force-fed earlier this year, prompting an investigation by the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. Three other Indian asylum seekers, who were detained at the Otero County Processing Center in New Mexico, were transferred without notice to the Krome Service Processing Center in Florida and away from community and legal support. They are entering their third week of being on hunger strike.
ICE didn’t transfer 2 of them to Aurora, Colorado after all…they abruptly transferred them today to Miami, Florida more than twice as far away. ICE is unable to properly track people in their custody
On Saturday July 27, a day after Senator Wyden (Oregon) met with a group of asylum seekers on hunger strike at the Otero County Processing Center, advocates monitoring the men noted that according to ICE records they had been transferred to another facility. It took a phone call from Senator Wyden to DHS Secretary McAleenan this weekend to determine that the two hunger strikers the Official ICE Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) showed as transferred to the Denver Contract Detention Facility actually remained in Otero. On Monday morning July 29, when staff from the mens’ attorney’s office went to Otero to verify their location, at 11:30 am, the ODLS still showed the hunger striking asylum seekers were detained in Aurora, Colorado. A half hour later, at noon, the location of these two asylum seekers was changed back to Otero.
On the afternoon of July 23, 2019, one of five Indian men on hunger strike at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC) was abruptly transferred to the El Paso Service Processing Center (EPSPC). This morning, a search on ICE’s online locator yielded no results, indicating he was no longer in ICE custody. Advocates feared this man was in the process of being deported, and hidden from supporters in an attempt to further isolate him. Sadly, we just received word that he was put on a plane early this morning and deported. ICE speedily deported someone who has not eaten in more than a week. ICE regularly advises detained individuals weeks in advance of their expected removal, yet this man was given no forewarning. Despite ICE’s repeat boilerplate claims that “it does not retaliate in any way against hunger strikers,” the hasty and unannounced removal of a man who has not eaten for more than a week is clear evidence of ICE retaliation against a hunger striker.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2019 Media Contacts: Margaret Brown Vega and Nathan Craig email@example.com
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.