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Asylum Seekers Sue ICE, Alleging Guards Attacked Them for Hunger Strike

HeadlineJul 25, 2018

In more immigration news, a group of asylum seekers has sued ICE, accusing guards of violently repressing a peaceful hunger strike inside Adelanto Detention Facility in California last year, which the asylum seekers had launched to protest the lack of clean drinking water, and the spoiled food and unsanitary clothes provided inside the facility. The Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers say the guards attacked them and placed them in isolation for organizing the hunger strike. This is plaintiff Josué Mateo Lemus Campos.

Josué Mateo Lemus Campos: “They sprayed me with pepper spray. They roughed me up. They hit me in my kidneys. They grabbed my arm. Also, when there wasn’t any pepper spray, they made us shower in hot water, which caused unbearable pain. The other thing was being locked up for too long. It causes stress, and it makes one want to throw in the towel. It makes you feel bad emotionally.”

The Adelanto Detention Facility in California is operated by the for-profit company GEO Group. And in more immigration news, tomorrow is the court-imposed deadline for the Trump administration to reunite all parents and children separated by immigration officials at the border. The administration says just over 1,000 parents have been reunited with their children so far, less than half of the families it must reunify by tomorrow.

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