EL PASO, Texas — An attorney for an Indian man seeking asylum in the U.S. says he has been force-fed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas as he and two other men approach their third week of a hunger strike.

A court official says the U.S. Department of Justice filed orders last week that relate to non-consensual hydration or feeding for four men.

Linda Corchado, the lawyer for three of the men, says they are trying to appeal or reopen asylum claims that were denied.

With growing numbers of people seeking asylum or to immigrate now locked in detention, this week's force-feeding - and numerous others over the past year - lays bare a complex process the U.S. government has established to handle immigrant detainees who protest by refusing to eat.

RELATED: Youth march from church to town square against Mississippi immigration raids

RELATED: Michigan man who lived in US since infancy was deported to Iraq. He died 2 months later.

RELATED: Border Patrol boss joined controversial Facebook page to read staff posts