Dozens of immigration detainees on hunger strike

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SEATTLE (AP) - An immigrant-rights attorney says detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state are being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike.

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 said medical personnel are evaluating who falls into that category.

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

Attorney Sandy Restrepo says she spoke on Monday with three striking detainees who are physically fatigued but doing well emotionally.

At one point, about 750 of the center's nearly 1,300 detainees refused to eat. ICE says about 130 didn't eat Monday lunch.

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