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Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

– 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.

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