Relatives say three men at Tacoma detention center refuse food

Staff writerMarch 16, 2014 

Three immigrants detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma continued their weeklong hunger strike Saturday, and, according to relatives who have visited them, they have no intention of giving up until their demands are met.

About two dozen supporters gathered outside the center Saturday, as they have since the strike began March 7.

Maru Mora Villalpando, who’s helping organize the outside demonstrations, said Saturday that the three men, all in their late 30s, are under medical supervision and recently were isolated in separate rooms.

She identified the three strikers as Ramon Mendoza Pascual, Miguel Farias Sanchez and Jesus Gomez.

The strikers are asking for an end to deportations and better treatment inside the facility.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said they are working to address detainees’ concerns.

Rob Carson: 253-597-8693
rob.carson@thenewstribune.com

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