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ICE Says It Is Force-Feeding Detainees Who Are on Hunger Strike

• Matt Stevens - New York times

Immigration officials have been force-feeding a half dozen detainees who began a hunger strike to protest conditions at a processing center in Texas where they are being held, the authorities said Thursday. In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that as of Wednesday night, 11 detainees in El Paso had refused to eat; four other individuals at different ICE detention centers across the country were also on hunger strike, officials said. Of the 11 people starving themselves in El Paso, six were being hydrated and force-fed under court orders issued by a federal judge in mid-January - about two weeks after those detainees stopped eating, ICE said. Two of the 11 people began their hunger strike on Wednesday, officials added. "The ICE Health Services Corps is medically monitoring the detainees' health and regularly updating ICE of their medical status," the agency's statement said. "Efforts are being taken to protect the detainees' health and privacy.

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