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ICE force-feeding detainees on hunger strike

2 years 10 months 3 days ago Friday, February 01 2019 Feb 1, 2019 February 01, 2019 7:43 PM February 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By GARANCE BURKE and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press

Three times a day, a 22-year-old Indian man on a hunger strike says, he is dragged from his cell in a Texas immigration detention center, his feet scraping the floor as he goes. He's put on a bed where he says his arms and legs are strapped down and a group of people force-feed him by pouring liquid into tubes pushed through his nose.

The man is among a group of nine detainees in the El Paso facility who immigration officials acknowledged Friday are being hydrated and fed against their will under court orders. That's up from six men who were being fed through nasal tubes Wednesday when the Associated Press first reported on the force-feeding.

In a statement, ICE said it fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference.

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