Immigrants on Hunger Strike at Mississippi Prison

Published July 12, 2019

Adams County Correctional Center

On Tuesday, several immigrants, detained by by ICE, went on hunger strike at Mississippi’s newest ICE facility, Adams County Correctional Center near Natchez, in protest of conditions there.

The strike is the second at an ICE facility in the Southeast; currently seven people are on a hunger strike at a Louisiana facility.

One of the hunger strikers, an electrician in Jackson, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in November. According to his daughter, the man, who was born in Mexico, had lived and worked in the United States for 13 years.

Over the last seven months, he’s been transported to multiple ICE facilities, both in Mississippi and Louisiana, awaiting his fate.

His daughter said she has spoken twice with her father. After one minute, the line disconnects. He told her “things are really bad in here,” she said.

He told her others need medical attention and they need soap, toothpaste and shampoo. His commissary money from the previous facilities hasn’t yet been transferred and he has no money to buy essentials. He told her he and the other detainees decided to “unite” and go on a hunger strike.

“They’re not going to eat so hopefully they can be heard,” she said.

CoreCivic, the company whose 10-year contract with the federal Bureau of Prisons ends July 31, recently started housing ICE detainees in June.

Adams County Correctional Center was also the site of an uprising in 2012 by prisoners in protest against the conditions, including poor nutrition, with food that had already expired and medical care that was scarce and so bad prisoners were getting worse and worse, as well as frequent brutality and racism by the prison guards.

The Trump regime is planning a new sweep of ICE raids, another step toward ethnic cleansing, with immigrants being sent to concentration camps at the border, along with prisons like Adams County Correctional Center. The brutality of America’s white supremacist prison system and the fascist assault on immigrants must be combatted by revolutionaries in support of those rebelling inside prisons and ICE facilities.