Immigration Reform 2015 news: Obama executive order killed, women on hunger strike in Texas Â Â
This seems to have taken officials by surprise. More than two dozen female prisoners who were taken to San Antonioâ€™s Karnes County immigration detention center seem to have taken a different route altogether.
Media reports have revealed that as many as twenty five women who were taken to the said facility have resorted to hunger strike against their arrest
An advocacy group working in the field of immigration reform suggests that many of these women in the said facility are under arrest for more than a year. Now these women are trying to ensure that they are treated humanely and released so they can be with their kids and families.
Analysts are of the opinion that the women were arrested during the illegal immigration surge last year when hundreds of thousands of women are said to have crossed the international border in the Rio Grande and then claimed asylum.
These women have taken the extreme step to protest Obama administrationâ€™s decision to detain them. While talking about them, Kenjia, one such detainee says, â€œWe will fight until we are granted our liberty. We’re tired of the treatment we’re receiving hereâ€¦Our children are all losing weight because they’ve lost their appetites. It’s like we’re living in a jail.”
In a letter that was released for the media yesterday they say, â€œYou should know that this is only the beginning and we will not stop until we achieve our objectives. This strike will continue until every one of us is freedâ€¦We deserve to be treated with some dignity and that our rights, to the immigration process, be respected.â€
Nonetheless officials of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) repeated Tuesday it was not aware of a strike but was investigating if a member of a nonprofit encouraged a hunger strike protest, according to reports. Geo Group Inc., which operates the facility, released a statement on its quality of care. â€œThe Karnes County Residential Center provides high quality care in a safe, clean, and family friendly environment, and on site U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel provide direct oversight to ensure compliance with ICE’s Family Residential Standardâ€¦Our company has consistently, strongly denied allegations to the contrary.â€
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