Fed watchdog probes treatment of immigrants in Texas lockup

A U.S. government watchdog agency has launched an investigation in the wake of an Associated Press report revealing complaints about how immigration authorities treated hunger strikers at a Texas detention center.

The Office of Inspector General for U.S. Department of Homeland Security this month interviewed two Indian men who said they had suffered mental and physical anguish when they were force-fed through nasal tubes at the immigration detention facility, the men’s attorneys said.

A spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office confirmed to the AP that the agency was investigating complaints made by detainees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s El Paso Processing Center, but would not say whether the complaints involved the force-feeding or a broader list of concerns.

A spokeswoman for ICE said the agency could not comment.

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