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Detained Mothers Launch Hunger Strike to Protest 'Treatment as Prisoners' (Eng/Esp)

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Karnes, Texas- About 40 mothers being held at a detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration and asylum hearings, as reported by detainees and advocates working on their behalf.

Karnes, Texas- About 40 mothers being held at a detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration and asylum hearings, as reported by detainees and advocates working on their behalf.

According to Kenia Galeano, a 26-year old mother from Honduras, the mothers will not eat, work, or send their children to school in the detention center until every one of them is released. The reason for this, according to her, is because of their treatment as prisoners rather than as people seeking asylum.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials (ICE) states they are closely monitoring the situation for any potential health or safety issues to any of the detainees. ICE have previously stated that they were unaware of any detainees who actually agreed to participate in a hunger strike.

ICE is also looking into claims that detainees were encouraged to follow through with their hunger strike by members of area non-profit groups who look to protest current immigration policies.

Since July, more than 2,500 immigrants; mostly women and children, have been detained at family detention centers. The Karnes detention camp is one of three facilities in the U.S. set up to house mothers and children.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has previously stated it is boosting efforts to house mothers and children who have arrived in the country illegally. However, many advocates have attempted to combat this by claiming it is inappropriate to house women and children with legitimate asylum claims the way they are being held. The government has responded that this is an important message to send to potential arrivals that those who cross the border illegally will be captured, held, and returned.

ICE officials have claimed that these family centers are completely humane, treat detainees properly, and are a good way to maintain family unity while families go through immigration proceedings.

The detainees tell a different version. They claim that up to four families share one extremely small room and that the food is inedible. Many of them have claimed the conditions have caused depression, emotional mood swings, and have had a negative impact on their children.

Others take their accusations farther, alleging they are facing retaliation from ICE officers as a result of their hunger strike. ICE has been accused of isolating women participating in the hunger strike and of threatening women with separation from their children if the strike continues. ICE continues to state no hunger strike is underway.

Karnes, Texas- About 40 mothers being held at a detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration and asylum hearings, as reported by detainees and advocates working on their behalf.

According to Kenia Galeano, a 26-year old mother from Honduras, the mothers will not eat, work, or send their children to school in the detention center until every one of them is released. The reason for this, according to her, is because of their treatment as prisoners rather than as people seeking asylum.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials (ICE) states they are closely monitoring the situation for any potential health or safety issues to any of the detainees. ICE have previously stated that they were unaware of any detainees who actually agreed to participate in a hunger strike.

ICE is also looking into claims that detainees were encouraged to follow through with their hunger strike by members of area non-profit groups who look to protest current immigration policies.

Since July, more than 2,500 immigrants; mostly women and children, have been detained at family detention centers. The Karnes detention camp is one of three facilities in the U.S. set up to house mothers and children.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has previously stated it is boosting efforts to house mothers and children who have arrived in the country illegally. However, many advocates have attempted to combat this by claiming it is inappropriate to house women and children with legitimate asylum claims the way they are being held. The government has responded that this is an important message to send to potential arrivals that those who cross the border illegally will be captured, held, and returned.

ICE officials have claimed that these family centers are completely humane, treat detainees properly, and are a good way to maintain family unity while families go through immigration proceedings.

The detainees tell a different version. They claim that up to four families share one extremely small room and that the food is inedible. Many of them have claimed the conditions have caused depression, emotional mood swings, and have had a negative impact on their children.

Others take their accusations farther, alleging they are facing retaliation from ICE officers as a result of their hunger strike. ICE has been accused of isolating women participating in the hunger strike and of threatening women with separation from their children if the strike continues. ICE continues to state no hunger strike is underway.

Articulo en Espanol

 

Karnes, Texas - alrededor de 40 madres recluido en un campo de detención en Karnes, Texas, han iniciado una huelga de hambre para protestar por la detención de sus hijos como las familias aguardan la inmigración y asilo audiencias, según lo informado por los detenidos y los defensores que trabajan en su caso.

Según Kenia Galeano, una madre de 26 años de Honduras, las madres no comer, trabajar o enviar a sus hijos a la escuela en el centro de detención hasta que cada uno de ellos sea liberado. La razón de esto, según ella, es debido a su tratamiento como prisioneros en lugar de personas que buscan asilo.

Inmigración y Funcionarios de Aduanas (ICE)  están monitoreando de cerca la situación de problemas potenciales de salud o seguridad a cualquiera de los detenidos. ICE han declarado previamente que eran inconscientes de cualquier detenidos aceptaron participar en una huelga de hambre en realidad.

ICE también está investigando las reclamaciones que los detenidos se les animados a seguir adelante con su huelga de hambre por miembros de grupos sin fines de lucro del área que miren para protestar contra las políticas de inmigración actuales.

Desde julio, más de 2.500 inmigrantes; en su mayoría mujeres y niños, han sido detenidos en centros de detención familiar. El campo de detención de Karnes es uno de tres instalaciones en los Estados Unidos para los niños y las madres de casa.

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos ha declarado anteriormente que está impulsando esfuerzos para casa madres y niños que han llegado ilegalmente en el país. Sin embargo, muchos activistas han intentado combatir esto por reclamando es inapropiado a casa mujeres y niños con asilo legítimo reclama la forma están detenidos. El gobierno ha respondido que esto es un mensaje importante para enviar a posibles salidas que quienes cruzan la frontera ilegalmente serán capturados, sostenidos y regresó.

Funcionarios de ICE han afirmado que estos centros familiares son totalmente humanos, tratan correctamente a los detenidos y son una buena manera de mantener la unidad familiar mientras que las familias pasan por los procesos de inmigracion.

Los detenidos contar una versión diferente. Dicen que hasta cuatro familias comparten una habitación muy pequeña y que la comida es incomible. Muchos de ellos han afirmado que las condiciones han causado depresión, cambios de ánimo emocional y han tenido un impacto negativo en sus hijos.

Otros toman sus acusaciones, alegando que se enfrentan a represalias de los oficiales del ICE como resultado de su huelga de hambre. ICE ha sido acusado de aislar a mujeres que participan en la huelga de hambre y de amenazar a las mujeres con separación de sus hijos si la huelga continúa. ICE continúa estado que ninguna huelga de hambre está en marcha.

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