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22 Immigrant Mothers Resume Hunger Strike at Berks Detention Center

HeadlineSep 01, 2016

And in Pennsylvania, 22 immigrant mothers have resumed their hunger strike at the Berks County Residential Center after suspending the strike for a week, citing intimidation by ICE officials. The mothers first launched the strike on August 8 to protest Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s claims that the average time in family detention is only 20 days. As of today, at least three families will have spent a full year in custody at the Berks facility. This is Margarita.

Margarita: “We are here for one year. We are desperate, really, because it’s traumatic to spend so much time here. So, my son tries to, with his ID, strike around his neck. So, I was worried of him. The psychologist said that he’s going to be OK, that it’s just frustration that he have, but I don’t think that was just frustration, because it’s something more delicate.”

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