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April 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

ACLU sues ICE for placing hunger strikers in solitary confinement

The ACLU of Washington and Columbia Legal Services are seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement officials from retaliating against detainees who participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma last month by putting them in solitary confinement. A hearing on the motion for a temporary restraining order is…

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March 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith seeks answers in Tacoma detainees’ hunger strike

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith said he’s pushing for answers from officials at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma over concerns raised by detainees who have been on a hunger strike there for a week. The strike — over food options, pay and other conditions at the facility — has drawn broad attention from immigrant-rights and social-justice…

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March 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Last of Tacoma detention center hunger strikers eat

The Associated Press After six days of refusing food, the last four immigrants on a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have eaten a little bit of food. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the four detainees had a few bites of breakfast Thursday morning, but remain under medical observation because of how long…

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March 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Detained immigrants must have bond hearings, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government cannot keep certain immigrants locked up at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma without granting them a bond hearing. The Department of Homeland Security routinely detains immigrants it apprehends for months, sometimes years –in one case a decade — after those people have resolved their criminal cases…

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March 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Hunger strike at Tacoma detention center enters fourth day

The Associated Press TACOMA — A federal spokesman says about 150 detainees at Washington state’s Northwest Detention Center refused to eat Monday morning as a hunger strike entered its fourth day. Immigration detainees began the strike Friday. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said any detainee who does not eat for 72 hours will be referred…

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