750 immigration detainees on hunger strike in US

-A A +A

Sunday, March 9, 2014


TACOMA, Washington -- Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment with a hunger strike and called for an end to deportations.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency 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 against deportations as well as conditions at the center. 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.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz also said the agency respects the right of detainees.

"ICE fully respects the rights of all people to express their opinion without interference," Munoz said.

"While we continue to work with Congress to enact common-sense immigration reform, ICE remains committed to sensible, effective immigration enforcement," he added.

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

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. (AP)

DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.

Forum rules: Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent and respectful. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!

Sun.Star Jobs
  • Habemus Papam
  • Obituary
  • Sunstar Multimedia
  • Sun.Star Zup!
  • Philippine Polls
  • goodearth
  • Pacman blog
  • ePaper
  • SunStar Celebrity
  • Technology
  • Calamity Report
  • tell it to sunstar
  • Filipino Abroad
  • Sinulog
  • Pnoy
  • Festivals