Immigrants held in detention in Washington State have launched a hunger strike demanding improved conditions and an end to mass deportations. Roughly half of the 1,300 inmates have joined the strike. Immigrants are often held for months in the detention center under poor conditions. The hunger strike is part of a growing movement calling for a halt to the huge number of deportations carried out yearly.
With immigration reform stalled in the House of Representatives, immigrant families face the reality of being torn apart by current deportation policies.