Activists say hunger strikes are growing at North Jersey jails, ICE refutes numbers

A hunger strike at Hudson County Jail is growing. According to the immigrant activist group Abolish ICE, there are now more than 60 people in ICE custody refusing meals for a fifth day. Participants are demanding to be released to fight their deportation cases from home amid health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, a spokesman For ICE called those claims “patently false” and says no detainees in the jail are currently on hunger strike.

Activists say Hudson County is joining with detainees at Essex County Jail. Abolish ICE says some 86 people are refusing meals there. But ICE tells NJ Spotlight News that there are just two detainees currently on hunger strike at the jail.