MIAMI (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities want to force 10 detainees on a hunger strike in Florida to submit to medical examinations.
According to a petition for an emergency court order filed last Friday in Miami federal court, all 10 detainees are men from Bangladesh.
The petition says the men have been on a hunger strike at the Krome Service Processing Center since Dec. 2, drinking only water, and refused to allow necessary medical tests.
According to court documents, the detention center’s doctor says the men expressed discontent and dissatisfaction with the outcomes of their immigration cases.
The men, ranging in age from 19 to 43, have each lost up to 14 pounds.
According to the documents, all were arrested in Hidalgo, Texas, in 2014 and 2015 while attempting to enter the U.S. (end)