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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

March 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

750 detainees start hunger strike at ICE detention center in Tacoma

The Associated Press

TACOMA — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.

An immigrant activist says the hunger strike started Friday as a protest of deportations as well as center conditions. Activist Maru Mora says the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for center jobs.

The center currently houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says the agency respects the right of people to express their opinions without interference.

The detainees are under continuous observation by center staff and medical personnel.

ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.

Comments | Topics: detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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