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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Hunger Strike By Immigrant Mothers at Texas Facility

WASHINGTON — Federal civil rights officials will meet Monday with two immigrant mothers who’ve been leading a hunger strike at a family detention camp in Karnes, Texas.

According to advocates working with the detained families, investigators from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are expected to talk to the mothers about their allegation that they and their children were assigned to the facility’s medical clinic to punish them for the hunger protest.

The hunger strike has focused attention on a rarely scrutinized portion of the network of facilities run by the government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the sprawling Department of Homeland Security. The Karnes County Residential Center, about an hour southeast of San Antonio, currently houses about 300 mothers and their children who are awaiting a decision on their petitions for asylum.

About 40 are participating in the hunger strike.

Some of the women have been held for as long as 10 months, according to one of the detainees, Kenia Galeano, a 26-year-old from Honduras who spoke with McClatchy. They began refusing food on Monday to protest the lengthy detention of their children.

“We have come to this country with our children seeking refuge and we’re being treated as delinquents,” the women wrote in a letter explaining their actions.



Anonymous said...

Let them Starve.

Anonymous said...

Refuge from what??

Syrian Christians are refugees.
Sudanese women are refugees.
Escapees from North Korea are refugees.

Mexicans who can't be bothered to go through the legal immigration process, just jump the border and latch on are not refugees.

They are carpetbaggers and opportunists looking to exploit our system one way or another.

Time to put her on the express bus to Mexico City.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, 646 for putting it all together for us! What a scam in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Inmates at 411 try this all the time. It will only work if every inmate doesn't eat. Food sucks they say. And honestly I don't know how they survive on the food alone. However once one inmate eats, its over.