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Dollar a day

On 4 May, six immigrants detained in a US prison ended a six-day hunger strike after authorities granted their demands at the Northern Oregon regional corrections facility in Wasco county, Oregon, USA.

The action was inspired by waves of hunger strikes since 10 April by immigrants in the North-West detention centre (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington state.

The NWDC is the largest immigrant detention centre on the US West Coast, housing over 1,500 immigrants awaiting deportation.

The prisoners’ demands include lower prices for goods sold in the prison, increased recreation time, better medical attention and an increase from the $1-a-day wages for working detainees.

Topics: Immigration