CaribWorldNews, HARLINGEN, TX, Weds. Nov. 11, 2009: U.S. immigration officials want a federal judge to sanction force feeding of a 23-year-old Jamaican immigrant.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials claim the action is necessary since Jesselee Hainsworth Hanson has been on a hunger strike since October 28th at the Port Isabel Detention Center here in Harlingen, Texas and has refused food and accepted only water..
The US ICE action comes just two days after Hanson collapsed while speaking on the telephone in his cell around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Nursing staff took him back to bed and took his pulse but he allegedly refused any treatment.
USICE Court says in court documents, they need permission to take blood samples, monitor health signs and apply life-saving fluids or nutrition to Hanson. They said in court papers, that Hanson has been observed to be in a dehydrated state by visual observations of dry mucus membranes and skin. Prolonged hunger strike poses dangerous health risks including dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, kidney damage, seizure disorder, cardiac damage, and possibly death, USICE argues in the motion.
Hanson is a green card holder who is facing deportation after serving jail time in New York for a crime. He migrated to the U.S. as a child in 1987.
Under current U.S. immigration laws, a non-citizen faces deportation back to their homeland if they commit a crime.