24 asylum seekers go on hunger strike to protest detainment

Two dozen immigrants detained in Louisiana are on a hunger strike to protest being locked up as they seek asylum in the U.S.

Advocates say about 150 immigrants started the strike last week. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that only 24 people have continuously denied meals.

It follows another strike in El Paso in which ICE force-fed some detainees after obtaining a court order.

Those on strike now are held at River Correctional Center in Ferriday, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Baton Rouge. ICE began contracting with the privately run prison this year.

Advocates say a recently appointed immigration judge hasn’t granted anybody bond.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the courts, says it didn’t have statistics readily available to show if that’s true.

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