Detainees threaten self-harm in New Mexico detention center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates and lawyers in New Mexico say multiple asylum-seekers from Cuba have tried to kill themselves and staged sit-ins after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that 32-year-old Iosnaiqui Acosta-Columbie told the Journal that he has taken dramatic measures like cutting himself after he says he endured beatings by police and escaped the “dictatorship” to seek asylum in the U.S.

Lawyers in touch with detainees say three Cubans have tried to kill themselves this month.

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