Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement regarding reports of a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma:

“I am very concerned with the reported hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma. Over the last week, I have heard from many constituents that are relatives, friends, and advocates of those detained at the NWDC, who still have many unanswered questions.  On Tuesday, my office initiated a conversation with ICE and the NWDC to directly express my concerns as well as relay questions my constituents and I have about what is going on and what is being done to fix the situation.  Although we received some answers, we are still waiting for a formal response on many questions we submitted with Rep. DelBene’s office, including the bond process, length of detention, and nutrition standards. My staff and I will continue to push for answers and closely monitor the situation at the detention center.”