More than 500 migrant fathers and sons plan hunger strike over detention conditions
More than 500 migrant fathers and sons detained in Texas are reportedly planning on launching a strike to protest the “unjust” conditions they are currently facing.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the fathers are ready to resist orders and refuse food at three sites at the Karnes detention center. The sons will also refuse to participate in school activities.
The protest, which comes after the fathers and sons were separated, is taking place as demonstrators ask U.S. officials to speed up their immigration cases.
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) shared information regarding the strikes with the media, according to The Guardian. The information they shared included interviews with fathers, one of whom said that he was told he would only be separated from his son for a few days, but they were apart for two months.
“We are planning a hunger strike tomorrow at this detention center because we don’t know anything,” said Olivio, a Guatemalan migrant who was detained at the southern border on May 13, according to The Guardian. “We are incarcerated in here and there not much we can do so now we are all planning to gather in the patio and wait to see what happens.”
The Guardian notes that RAICES advocates have voiced concerns that migrant fathers were coerced into taking deportation orders rather than being allowed to pursue asylum claims.
The fathers have told RAICES they are looking to pursue their cases in court, according to The Guardian.
RAICES told The Guardian that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not given it a list of detainees or their immigration case statuses. But court documents show that Karnes is being utilized to hold families facing imminent deportation.
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