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TOP DHS OFFICIAL TO MEET HUNGER STRIKERS IN NEW ORLEANS

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From a press release from the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice:



Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has dispatched her top detention advisor to Basile, Louisiana to meet with detainees who have monitored conditions and staged hunger strikes in the isolated ICE detention center during the last month. Dora Schriro, Director of the newly created Office of Detention Policy and Planning, is on her way to the South Louisiana Corrections Center now.



Meanwhile, detainee Edgar Nelson Bojorge Alcantara entered his sixth day on hunger strike today. He and other detainees in the facility have held five hunger strikes in the past month in the facility to protest the suppression of complaints by ICE.


"Napolitano's recognition of the utter breakdown of human rights in the Louisiana facility is a significant victory for detainees who have been brutally punished for speaking out," said Saket Soni, Director of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice. "The next step should be to introduce real accountability in a system where detainees have no voice and no power."


Schriro will meet with detainee human rights monitor Edgar Alcantara, who faced aggressive retaliation for speaking out against abuse and going on hunger strike, along with other detainees. Nelson was placed in solitary confinement last Sunday for his role as a human rights monitor. He launched a hunger strike in protest. "I had read in ICE's manual that if you are not charged with anything they can only keep you in the hole for 72 hours," said Alcantara in a statement from solitary confinement last night. "But when I said this to the jail staff, they said that they would not release me from the hole until I stopped my hunger strike."

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Let's get off this immigration version of the prison industrial complex. A poster suggested quicker deportations but removing an alien with fairness is not a fast, cheap, and uncomplicated process. After all that, orders of deportation are widely ignored and a lot of deportees just boomerang right back anyway.

    So maybe it would make more sense to give people a reason NOT to come back or come in the first place. Prevention, not detention should be the rallying cry of Hutto critics but don't look for it to catch on among those who don't want to lessen illegal immigration at all.
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "So maybe it would make more sense to give people a reason NOT to come back or come in the first place."

    Assuming, they are coming back to live with their American and PR family members, what are you proposing? I mean, short of deporting the relatives, obviously...
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