The 19-year-old told Rewire he has consistently been surprised by how the country treats asylum seekers like him.
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Guards at Pennsylvania’s Berks County Residential Center told asylum seekers that if they got “too weak” during the hunger strike, their children would have to be taken away from them.
In July, Bresha Meadows, then 14, had been arrested for allegedly shooting her father with his own gun as he slept—the same gun he had often brandished, she said, to keep his own family in line.