Iraqi Detainees in Detroit Are On Hunger Strike

Iraqi Detainees in Detroit Are On Hunger Strike”

Dozens of Iraqi and Kurdish immigrants detained in the United States have gone on a hunger strike to protest unfair treatment by immigration authorities, according to a court filing on Friday.

More than 1,400 Iraqis have removal orders, of whom 288 had been arrested.

Most of the immigrants had come to the USA legally but committed crimes which violated the terms of their visas, authorities said. "Several other detainees have been randomly refusing the facility's prepared meals over the last several days and are being monitored by facility staff". Family members and the ACLU say it might be as many as 50.

"The number of individuals participating in the strike can fluctuate at any time as facility staff witnesses detainees ending their hunger strike or reaching the 72-hour threshold", Walls explained.

Abdelmasih said ICE is arguing that the detainees are a threat to society, but the truth is that the immigrants have atoned for their past offences and started businesses and families. The U.S. government has recommended deportation for those detainees because they committed crimes.

"Right now, with this hunger strike, what they're demanding - and I don't think this is an unreasonable demand - what they want is to be able to come home and fight their cases from out here", said Slewo.

"We are incredibly concerned about their health and their treatment", Rana Elmir, ACLU of MI deputy director, told MEE.

Rana Elmir, the deputy director of ACLU Michigan, said the court filing demanded that those detained who agreed to voluntary deportation were entitled to an attorney. "It makes absolutely no sense".

"There's such a financial burden on the families out here because they are there".

Abdelsamih said detainees, including his brother, want to be released "so they can work on their cases from the outside".

Andryan Abdelsamih, for example, ran the family business.

Like this



16 September 2017
Body of missing Sointula woman has been found
Police say she had last been confirmed to be in the Campbell River or Quadra Island area on September 7 and 8. Roscovich worked with fish-farm opponent Alexandra Morton on the documentary Salmon Confidential.

16 September 2017
Pepper spray used to break up players' brawl after game
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "tensions on both teams escalated throughout the homecoming game". Players from both teams scrambled in opposite directions, screaming in pain and clutching their eyes .

16 September 2017
Jay-Z Dedicates Song at Concert to Colin Kapernick
Jay-Z's performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones. Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.

16 September 2017
At least four dead following multiple vehicle crash on M5
Highways England stated there was six miles of traffic congested northbound of the closure, and two miles stretching southbound. Motorists are expected to face tailbacks for hours as police and ambulance are on scene deaing with the incident.

16 September 2017
Coloradans make it home after Hurricane Irma ravages US Virgin Islands
The helicopters are headed to the US Virgin Islands to assist in recovery operations following Hurricane Irma . Their focus is on getting food and water to residents as well as clearing roads and helping restore power.

16 September 2017
Omar Khadr is denied unsupervised contact with radical sister
But Khadr can now use Internet-connected devices such as smartphones, "which will make life a lot easier for him", said Whitling. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2010 that Ottawa violated his rights by participating in USA interrogations in Guantanamo.

16 September 2017
College Park non-citizen voting didn't pass
San Francisco plans to allow non-citizens to vote in local board of education races beginning in 2018. The Associated Press contributed to this article .

16 September 2017
Sebastian Vettel storms to brilliant Singapore pole
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest after his ultra-soft run, 1.983s off the pace. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz's move to Renault on loan for the 2018 season was also confirmed.

13 September 2017
Casino "SL Casino Riga" of Storm International chain to open in Riga
Guests could relax playing the most popular slots, roulette and video poker, as well as enjoy original entertaining show programs. The interiors are made in soft colors and the muffled lighting is done to create an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation.

13 September 2017
Top Bookmakers Name Odds-On Favourites for 2017-2018 NBA Championship Success
As a result, the Warriors won the championship for a fifth time, taking back the title that they last won as recently as 2015. The two teams have met in the final for three consecutive years, with the Cavs picking up the title just once, in 2016.