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SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo said she spoke on Monday with three detainees who have been participating in the hunger strike, now in its fourth day. She said they told her they were pulled out for individual questioning and told they would be force-fed if they continued their strike.

“They were physically fatigued and tired, but emotionally they were doing great,” Restrepo said, adding they told her they planned to continue refusing food.

Hundreds of immigration detainees began the strike Friday. Under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules, any detainee who doesn’t eat for 72 hours will be referred for medical evaluation and possible treatment.

ICE officials said Monday afternoon that medical personnel are taking steps to evaluate which detainees fall into that category. It wasn’t clear yet how many detainees would be affected.

An ICE official confirmed that detainees are being advised of the potential consequences of remaining on a hunger strike, including forced feeding.

“ICE fully respects the rights of all people to express their opinion without interference,” ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. “While we continue to work with Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform, ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that focuses on convicted criminals, immigration fugitives and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

ICE’s hunger strike policy says officials won’t force anyone to eat unless it’s determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a court. ICE’s policy is to seek a court order to obtain authorization for involuntary medical treatment, according to the document.

Activists say the detainees are seeking better food and treatment, as well as better pay for detention center jobs. At one point, about 750 of the center’s nearly 1,300 detainees refused to eat.

ICE says about 130 people did not eat Monday lunch, though Restrepo and others believe the numbers are higher.

Even though detainees have refused to eat scheduled meals, they have had access to food through the detention commissary, according to ICE.

“Due to the large number of participants, center staff are relying on self-declarations to decide which detainees require medical observation away from the general population,” the agency said.

Those placed under medical observation may not be declared to be on a hunger strike until it is certain they have not consumed food for 72 hours, ICE said.

Activist Maru Mora-Villalpando said she and others have heard from detainees who report that they’re being intimidated for participating. She said demonstrators plan to protest and rally outside the Tacoma facility Tuesday.

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo said she spoke on Monday with three detainees who have been participating in the hunger strike, now in its fourth day. She said they told her they were pulled out for individual questioning and told they would be force-fed if they continued their strike.

“They were physically fatigued and tired, but emotionally they were doing great,” Restrepo said, adding they told her they planned to continue refusing food.

Hundreds of immigration detainees began the strike Friday. Under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules, any detainee who doesn’t eat for 72 hours will be referred for medical evaluation and possible treatment.

ICE officials said Monday afternoon that medical personnel are taking steps to evaluate which detainees fall into that category. It wasn’t clear yet how many detainees would be affected.

An ICE official confirmed that detainees are being advised of the potential consequences of remaining on a hunger strike, including forced feeding.

“ICE fully respects the rights of all people to express their opinion without interference,” ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. “While we continue to work with Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform, ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that focuses on convicted criminals, immigration fugitives and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

ICE’s hunger strike policy says officials won’t force anyone to eat unless it’s determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a court. ICE’s policy is to seek a court order to obtain authorization for involuntary medical treatment, according to the document.

Activists say the detainees are seeking better food and treatment, as well as better pay for detention center jobs. At one point, about 750 of the center’s nearly 1,300 detainees refused to eat.

ICE says about 130 people did not eat Monday lunch, though Restrepo and others believe the numbers are higher.

Even though detainees have refused to eat scheduled meals, they have had access to food through the detention commissary, according to ICE.

“Due to the large number of participants, center staff are relying on self-declarations to decide which detainees require medical observation away from the general population,” the agency said.

Those placed under medical observation may not be declared to be on a hunger strike until it is certain they have not consumed food for 72 hours, ICE said.

Activist Maru Mora-Villalpando said she and others have heard from detainees who report that they’re being intimidated for participating. She said demonstrators plan to protest and rally outside the Tacoma facility Tuesday.

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo said she spoke on Monday with three detainees who have been participating in the hunger strike, now in its fourth day. She said they told her they were pulled out for individual questioning and told they would be force-fed if they continued their strike.

“They were physically fatigued and tired, but emotionally they were doing great,” Restrepo said, adding they told her they planned to continue refusing food.

Hundreds of immigration detainees began the strike Friday. Under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules, any detainee who doesn’t eat for 72 hours will be referred for medical evaluation and possible treatment.

ICE officials said Monday afternoon that medical personnel are taking steps to evaluate which detainees fall into that category. It wasn’t clear yet how many detainees would be affected.

An ICE official confirmed that detainees are being advised of the potential consequences of remaining on a hunger strike, including forced feeding.

“ICE fully respects the rights of all people to express their opinion without interference,” ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. “While we continue to work with Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform, ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that focuses on convicted criminals, immigration fugitives and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

ICE’s hunger strike policy says officials won’t force anyone to eat unless it’s determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a court. ICE’s policy is to seek a court order to obtain authorization for involuntary medical treatment, according to the document.

Activists say the detainees are seeking better food and treatment, as well as better pay for detention center jobs. At one point, about 750 of the center’s nearly 1,300 detainees refused to eat.

ICE says about 130 people did not eat Monday lunch, though Restrepo and others believe the numbers are higher.

Even though detainees have refused to eat scheduled meals, they have had access to food through the detention commissary, according to ICE.

“Due to the large number of participants, center staff are relying on self-declarations to decide which detainees require medical observation away from the general population,” the agency said.

Those placed under medical observation may not be declared to be on a hunger strike until it is certain they have not consumed food for 72 hours, ICE said.

Activist Maru Mora-Villalpando said she and others have heard from detainees who report that they’re being intimidated for participating. She said demonstrators plan to protest and rally outside the Tacoma facility Tuesday.

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA,Wash. (AP) — A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day Sunday as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said a lockdown announced earlier Sunday was lifted later in the day. They said that the measure affected areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid the continuing strike.

ICE confirmed that the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Officials said about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

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TACOMA. Wash. (AP) — Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Washington state detention center where many detainees are involved in a hunger strike to protest their treatment and call for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the lockdown earlier Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike.

ICE said late Sunday night the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

Officials say about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike Sunday by hundreds of detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations.

About 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. On Saturday, the agency said 750 wouldn’t eat.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, means supervision is more intensive and certain privileges are restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA. Wash. (AP) — Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Washington state detention center where many detainees are involved in a hunger strike to protest their treatment and call for an end to deportations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the lockdown earlier Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike.

ICE said late Sunday night the lockdown had been lifted, but it did not provide details.

Officials say about 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, while 750 wouldn’t eat Saturday.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, meant supervision was more intensive and certain privileges were restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike Sunday by hundreds of detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations.

About 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. On Saturday, the agency said 750 wouldn’t eat.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, means supervision is more intensive and certain privileges are restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA. Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike Sunday by hundreds of detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations.

About 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. On Saturday, the agency said 750 wouldn’t eat.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, means supervision is more intensive and certain privileges are restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

KDWN

TACOMA. Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike Sunday by hundreds of detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations.

About 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. On Saturday, the agency said 750 wouldn’t eat.

The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, means supervision is more intensive and certain privileges are restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lockdown but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities.

Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday.

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around.

ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports.

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