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04/05/2013 12:24 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Detainee Accuses Immigration Authorities Of Endangering His Life

(Editor's note: This article contains language that may offend. Because of the seriousness of the allegations, the coarse language and anti-gay slurs are being used in context. Please be forewarned.)

SAN DIEGO – A 26-year-old gay man is accusing two immigration guards in El Centro, Calif. of making anti-gay slurs at him, violently roughing him up while in custody, and putting in danger his health and his life.

He is pleading for immigration officials to give him a crucial medicine needed to prevent seizures and a special diet necessary to control his colitis.

Ivan “Max” Flores Acosta, of New York City, attempted to enter the United States from Mexico on March 15 without having legal paperwork. Immigration authorities detained him at El Centro Service Processing Center in California’s Imperial County. What happened to Acosta while he was in custody at the processing center will be detailed later.

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