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Hunger-Striking Immigrant Moms Denied Temporary Restraining Order

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Joey Palacios
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Texas Public Radio

SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge has denied a temporary restraining order sought by three immigrant mothers who alleged retaliation against them for participation in a hunger strike at a South Texas detention center.

The three women, who are from Latin America and seeking asylum, sought the restraining order as part of a of a class-action complaint against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the private operator of the Karnes City Residential Center.

During a Thursday hearing, the women testified they were held in isolation in the center clinic.

ICE officials said the women were never locked in the clinic but were placed there while they investigated the suspected hunger strike.

The lawsuit, which will continue, seeks a court order directing ICE and the prison operator to stop retaliatory practices.