Asylum Seeker Dies of Hunger Strike

Russian asylum-seeker Amar Mergansana had been on an 86-day hunger strike when he lost consciousness and eventually died.

He was transferred from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and taken to a hospital earlier this month before passing away Saturday at the age of 40.

An asylum-seeker from Russia, Mergansana entered the United States via the U.S.-Mexico border and was intercepted there by ICE and taken into custody where he ultimately died.

Mergansana was held in the Northwest Detention Center, a for-profit prison run by GEO Group.

He went on a hunger strike in protest of his living conditions at the detention center as well as his potential deportation and his death has sparked cries for an investigation from the organization Northwest Detention Center Resistance.


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