Judge Denies Force Feeding Of Trini Migrant


CaribWorldNews, BROWNSVILLE, TX, Weds. Aug. 26, 2009: A U.S. District Court judge has denied a request by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement to force feed a Trinidadian immigrant in detention.

Devenish Sorzano, a migrant from Trinidad and Tobago, is refusing to eat, drink water or let detention center medical staff monitor his vital signs or take blood samples, according to ICE officials.

But Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal judge in Brownsville, denied the request to force feed the illegal immigrant, currently on a hunger strike at the Port Isabel Detention Center. Hanen, however, authorized doctors to use the least amount of force to monitor his vital signs.

Immigration officials say Sorzano went on hunger strike on August 13th – the day after being denied an immigration bond. Sorzano allegedly told one detention center inmate that that he intends to continue his hunger strike until he is `free.`

ICE officials said in court records filed Monday, that Sorzano appeared drowsy, dehydrated and was using slurred speech.

`As of this morning, detainee is laying on bed in fetal position and refuses to uncover his head to speak to medical staff,` one ICE official wrote in a memo dated on Monday.

Court records Sorzano does not yet have an attorney to represent him in the temporary restraining order case but a hearing for the case is set for Tuesday, September 1st.

Sorzano entered the United States on a tourist visa in 1990 and overstayed. He was arrested for a domestic violence case in Arundel County, Maryland where authorities learned about his immigration status.

Sorzano is fighting to stay in the United States and has an immigration hearing scheduled for September 9th.


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