Immigrant Detainees Continue Hunger Strike for Detention Reform

Last week, the hunger strike at an immigration detention facility in Tacoma, Washington continued into its third week. This hunger strike followed a similar incident at a facility in Conroe, Texas; both strikes sought to raise awareness of the jail-like circumstances that detainees are forced to endure, sometimes arbitrarily, until they are eventually deported. These Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, owned by a private company called GEO Group, have been criticized for their dismal conditions by advocates for immigration reform, who have also called upon Congress to end the “immigration detention bed quota,” which requires that 34,000 immigrants be detained at any given time. In response to the ACLU’s request that Congress investigate the conditions of detention centers in Georgia, ICE claimed that it has been conducting reform of the detention centers since 2009. Learn more about this movement  at http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/.

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