© 2024 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Hunger-Striking Immigrant Moms Denied Temporary Restraining Order

Joey Palacios
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.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.