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Undocumented aliens launch hunger strike inside York County Immigration Center

Undocumented aliens launch hunger strike inside York County Immigration Center

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Some undocumented aliens from Montgomery County say they are being unfairly detained by authorities and have launched a hunger strike inside the York County Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center to draw attention to their circumstances.

Tuesday, relatives and supporters of Oscar Sanchez, Jobito Resendiz, Israel Resendiz-Hernandez and Donaldo Vazquez, gathered in Philadelphia outside the offices of ICE to demand that their loved ones be released.

"They're not willing to negotiate on cases that are not high priority by their own rules. By their own policies all these families are low priority cases which means they shouldn't be detained in the first place," said protest organizer Sheila
Quintana with DreamActivist PA.

However, a spokesman with ICE says all four individuals in question were "previously removed from the United States" and "subsequently, all four illegally re-entered the country, which is a felony offense."

In a written response, Public Affairs Officer, Ubon Mendie says "ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States."

Mendie adds the four individuals will remain in custody awaiting review of their individual cases by the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

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