ICE Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike

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Record deportations lead to record suffering.
Record deportations lead to record suffering.

Immigrants held in detention in Washington State have launched a hunger strike demanding improved conditions and an end to mass deportations. Roughly half of the 1,300 inmates have joined the strike. Immigrants are often held for months in the detention center under poor conditions. The hunger strike is part of a growing movement calling for a halt to the huge number of deportations carried out yearly.

With immigration reform stalled in the House of Representatives, immigrant families face the reality of being torn apart by current deportation policies.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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