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Raising awareness of immigration detention via hunger strike

One individual seeking asylum has decided to take a dramatic stance to raise awareness of his problems with ICE. He is currently being held in immigration detention after seeking asylum for political and discrimination reasons. He says that other immigrants experience similar problems, which may also apply to those awaiting parole in New York.

Looking at the man's case, it seems like he would be a good candidate for parole. He has no criminal history. He has worked and lived in the United States and abroad on visas and has never overstayed the visa. When he lived in his native homeland, he worked for a political campaign that lost, and he now faces persecution there for that reason and because of his sexual orientation. 

The man, however, was detained when he returned to the United States. In the detention facility, he has not received adequate care for his medical needs. He has not been able to meet with deportation officers despite repeated requests. This substandard treatment led the man to undertake a hunger strike to bring attention to his case and the similar plight of others in the facility. 

Immigration detention facilities must operate under the rule of law and supply basic human needs. If they fall short of this standard, they may be held accountable. A person in New York who is having similar problems in a detention facility may wish to contact a lawyer for help. An experienced immigration attorney can provide advocacy and legal assistance for individuals who need it. 

Source:, "An HIV-Positive Gay Asylum Seeker Staged a 7-Day Hunger Strike in an ICE Detention Facility", John Washington, Dec. 12, 2017

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