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.
Asylum Seeker Held in Tacoma, WA ICE Jail Dies After 86-Day Fast
HeadlineNov 27, 2018