Hunger strikes, protests part of advocates’ strategy against ICE detentions

Advocates say rather than wait around for a change in policy, they hope to force the issue

Tension is building inside county jails housing ICE detainees. According to advocates, more than 140 men are on hunger strike at the Essex and Hudson County jails. The demonstrations began as the second wave of the coronavirus picked up and county contracts were renewed with the federal agency. Detainees say they have one clear demand: to be released from ICE custody so they can fight their immigration cases from the safety of their homes. Senior Correspondent David Cruz reports.

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