Migrant Women Embark on Hunger Strike to Protest Detention

Migrant Women Embark on Hunger Strike to Protest Detention

The New York Times recently reported on a group of 22 women detained in an East Coast family immigrant detention center who have restarted a hunger strike that they had begun back in August. A total of 28 women joined in a federal lawsuit seeking new hearings for their previously denied asylum claims. The women allege that their hearings were conducted improperly. However, an appeals court has rejected their claim. The detained women organized the hunger strike in order to highlight the Obama administration’s policy toward the women and children who have fled El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, all of whom are seeking asylum due to extreme violence. The initial federal government stance on the issue was to detain Central American women and children in family detention centers, in hopes of deterring other Central Americans from entering the United States. However, due to pressure from immigration advocates and a federal court ruling, the administration later changed its policy and began to minimize the detention of Central American immigrant families. The Department of Homeland Security has vowed to complete internal reviews of these facilities later this year. There are currently three family immigrant detention centers in the U.S., two of which are operated by private companies. As this post illustrates, migrant women and children are not immune from detention, often for relatively prolonged periods of time. When a loved one is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it may feel like all is lost, especially if the detention lasts for any length of time. Not only is our goal to have your loved one released from detention, but also to allow him or her remain in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Seeking the assistance of an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist you in fighting deportation can be essential to your ability to remain in or eventually return to the U.S. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are here to fight for your right to legally remain in the United States, but we are also here to help you consider all of the options that are available to you. Call us today at (510) 756-4468, set up a time to meet with our deportation defense lawyers, and see what we can do for you.
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