24 Refugees on Hunger Strike in Protest of US Imprisonment

Two dozen refugees imprisoned in Louisiana are on hunger strike to protest what advocates call a “charade of due process.”

Asylum seekers are repeatedly exposed to poor conditions and insufficient medical care as they sit imprisoned for seeking asylum in the United States. The refugees at River Correctional Center in Louisiana went on hunger strike in hopes of drawing some attention to their cases.

Those on strike have limited access to ICE staff and haven’t been granted bond while their asylum cases slowly wind through immigration courts.

The hunger strike follows another in El Paso where ICE force-fed people who were protesting.



Photo: “ICE Arrests…” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in the Public Domain