3 Florida immigration detainees on hunger strike ordered fed

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Posted: Sep 11, 2015 6:20 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge ordered immigration authorities Friday to force-feed three Pakistani men who are waging a hunger strike to protest the handling of their immigration cases.

The order affects three detainees at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility near Miami. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the men's cases and treatment.

ICE released a statement Friday evening saying the agency is closely monitoring one detainee who was still on a hunger strike, but the statement didn't mention force-feeding.

Court documents show the men vowed to continue their hunger strike unless released on parole to continue their quest for U.S. asylum. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ruled it would be inhumane to allow their health to deteriorate further to the point of near-death.

The ACLU says the hunger strikes have lasted up to 28 days.