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.