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Asylum Seeker Held in Tacoma, WA ICE Jail Dies After 86-Day Fast

HeadlineNov 27, 2018

In Washington state, a Russian asylum seeker held at the Northwest Detention Center died Saturday. Forty-year-old Amar Mergansana had been on hunger strike for 86 days when he was transferred to a hospital earlier this month after losing consciousness. Mergansana arrived in the U.S. last December via the U.S.-Mexico border and was taken into ICE custody. He began his hunger strike to protest conditions at the Northwest Detention Center—which is run by for-profit prison company GEO Group—and his possible deportation. The group Northwest Detention Center Resistance is demanding an investigation into his death.

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