Monday, April 6, 2015

Dozens of Mothers Stage Hunger Strike at Immigrant Detention Center in Texas

'We want freedom for our children. It’s not right to continue to detain us.'

By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams
April 2, 2015

About 40 women being held at the privately-run Karnes Family Detention Center in southern Texas launched a hunger strike this week to demand their release and the release of their families, vowing on Tuesday not to eat, work, or use the services at the facility until they are freed.

Nearly 80 women being held at the center, many of whom are said to be asylum seekers from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, signed a letter stating that they have all been refused bond despite having established a credible fear of violence if they are sent back to Central America—a key factor in the U.S. government's process for screening detained immigrants to allow them amnesty.[...]

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