Six migrants starving in Texas's immigration detention center are subjected to forced meals. Detainees refuse food because of conditions at the El Paso Treatment Center, reports Associated Press.
Immigration and Customs Administration (ICE) says the federal judge has permitted forced meals this month. India and Cuba have begun a hunger strike to protest the security guards, which torment them verbally and threaten to deport them.
They also protest against the length of their detention while waiting for legal proceedings. detained in El Paso, four more men are in a hunger strike in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco, says ICE.
When a person is subjected to forcible feeding through the nose, the lubricated tube is pushed through the nostril until it reaches the throat. Liquid food is being fed to the stomach
ICE spokesperson Letizia Zamaripa told the AP that a federal court has approved the use of forced feeding against the hungry in mid-January, about two weeks after the detainees began refusing food.
Officials say that forcible meals are for the health and safety of migrants, because without food for a long period of time people can be at risk of long-term physical and mental illness.
Of detainees say they suffer more than forced meals.
A spokeswoman for the World Medical Association, which has officially partnered with the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association, told BBC News that it is opposed to forcible nutrition.
"Forced eating is never ethically acceptable," the organization said in its declaration on hunger strikes. "Even if [the detainee] food is accompanied by threats, coercion, force or use of physical limitations, it is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment."