Immigrants end hunger strike at Adelanto detention facility
A hunger strike at California’s largest immigrant detention center is over, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday.
The action began Nov. 4, when 26 asylum seekers being held at Adelanto Detention Facility stopped eating to protest what they described as prolonged imprisonment.
The group -- which included a man fleeing anti-gay laws in Ghana and others escaping religious and political persecution in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh -- sought release from detention while their asylum cases were pending.
Immigration agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said the men ended their protest late Friday night and resumed eating regular meals over the weekend.
The hunger strike at Adelanto came on the heels of similar strikes at other ICE facilities in Louisiana and Texas.
In each case, detainees have complained that they should be set free on their own recognizance or on reasonably priced bonds. Some have languished in detention for years as their cases were decided in immigration courts.
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