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Jamaican Detainee Ends Hunger Strike

CaribWorldNews, HARLINGEN, TX, Fri. Nov. 13, 2009: A Jamaican detainee facing the prospect of force feeding by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials has ended his fast.

Nina Pruneda, an ICE spokesperson told CaribWorldNews by email yesterday that `Jesselee Hanson is no longer fasting` and has resumed eating. She did not, however, say how Hanson was doing or when he could be deported.

The 23-year-old Jamaican immigrant had started a hunger strike on October 28th at the Port Isabel Detention Center here in Harlingen, Texas and refused food and accepted only water.

US ICE took action, asking a judge to intervene and allow force feeding  after Hanson collapsed while speaking on the telephone in his cell around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8th.

But the action became unnecessary since Hanson resumed eating late Tuesday night.

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 once they commit a crime.