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Hunger strike not over at detention center in Tacoma

Three people at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are still considered to be on a hunger strike, and the ACLU says it will fight any effort to force-feed them.

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Most of the detainees on hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma may be eating again, but the protest is far from over.

On Friday, the ACLU of Washington said it will represent three men who remained under medical observation as the strike hit the one-week mark.

One hasn’t eaten since the protest began last Friday, when more than 700 of the center’s 13,000 detainees were participating. Two others ate on Thursday, but not enough to remove them from medical supervision.

The detention center must get a court order to force-feed the men, and the ACLU said it will oppose on their behalf any such effort.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith said he’s pushing for answers from immigration officials over concerns detainees have raised regarding getting bond, better treatment, food and pay.

ICE has said it’s working to address the detainees’ concerns, but recently released detainees say they saw no change.

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