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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the
Northwest Detention Center on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees
protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department said on
Saturday morning that 750 detainees had refused to eat and said they
were on a hunger strike.
Activist Maru Mora Villalpando said the hunger strike started Friday
as a protest of deportations as well as center conditions. She said the
hunger strikers, who she believes number more than 1,000, are seeking
better food and treatment as well as better pay for center jobs.
"We are concerned for their welfare, and we support their brave stand
against inhumane treatment. We are gravely concerned about retaliation,
particularly against the hunger-strike leaders," Villalpando said.
The center currently houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.
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