750 Immigration Detainees On Hunger Strike - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

750 Immigration Detainees On Hunger Strike

Posted: Updated:
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department 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.

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.

Activist Maru Mora Villalpando says the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for center jobs.

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

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:45:06 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. 
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. In Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, several water systems are under boil-water advisories:·
  • Progress being made on power outages

    Progress being made on power outages

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:12:58 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - As of 9:30pm Thursday, there were still more than 20,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - As of 9:30pm Thursday, there were still more than 20,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. In a press release sent out Thursday night, Avista said they have 68% of the nearly 40,000 customers who lost power during Wednesday's severe thunderstorm have power again. There were still more than 12,000 customers without power, however. Avista said rein...
  • Post Falls Police: missing 11-year-old boy found

    Post Falls Police: missing 11-year-old boy found

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:11:28 GMT
    POST FALLS, Idaho - The Post Falls Police Department is asking for your help locating an endangered 11-year-old boy.
    POST FALLS, Idaho - Post Falls Police say 11-year-old Jeremy Yaken was found early Friday morning,  and he is safe.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.