The UN Considers this Torture
"By starving themselves, these men are trying to make public the very suffering that ICE is trying to keep hidden from taxpayers."
According to the Associated Press, the detained migrants said they began refusing food to "protest verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards."
Employing what one critic described as "Guantanamo Bay style" abuse, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are reportedly using plastic nasal tubes to force-feed at least six detained migrants who have been on a prolonged hunger strike to protest conditions at an El Paso, Texas prison.
As the Associated Press reported on Thursday, detained migrants and an attorney representing the hunger strikers said "nearly 30 detainees from India and Cuba have been refusing to eat, and some are now so weak they cannot stand up or talk."
According to the AP, the detainees said they began refusing food to "protest verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards. They are also upset about lengthy lock ups while awaiting legal proceeding."
The force-feeding began during the second week of January after "a federal judge authorized force-feeding of some El Paso detainees," the AP reported.
Rights groups and critics immediately reacted with alarm to the AP's report, with many pointing out that both the United Nations and the World Medical Association have condemned force-feeding as torture.
The nasal tubes are removed after each feeding instead of being left in like when people have them inserted at the hospital. This is why their noses start bleeding. I guess the good news is that they haven't resorted to feeding them anally. Yet.