Puente Demands ICE Directly Negotiate with Hunger Strikers & an End to Detention
For Immediate Release
Contact: Caroline Picker, Puente, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-501-7276
Wednesday, June 17
In response to a 200-person hunger strike in the Eloy Detention Center launched this previous weekend, Representative Raul Grijalva has called for an immediate Department of Justice investigation into two recent deaths at the facility, as well as allegations of ongoing abuse by guards.
In his letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Rep. Grijalva wrote, “I am alarmed at reports that not one, but two detainees have died while in custody at Eloy Detention Center. The fact that some this information is seeping out of the seams, as opposed to being reported and addressed outright, only furthers the concerns. We are not learning of these abuses – and one case, not learning of the death at all – through official channels. We are only hearing from the detainees inside.”
Francisca Porchas from Puente, says, “We applaud Representative Grijalva for taking a stand for justice by calling for an investigation into the recent deaths and ongoing abuses at Eloy. We hope that he will also visit Eloy himself in order to speak to detainees who have directly witnessed these events. We continue to stand with the people detained in Eloy who are calling on ICE to begin negotiations with around their demands for better treatment. Detention is cruel and inhumane: it’s time to end it once and for all, starting with the facility in Eloy.”
Interviews available upon request.
Rep. Grijalva’s letter and press release available here: http://grijalva.house.gov/news-and-press-releases/grijalva-to-doj-investigate-deaths-at-eloy-detention-center/