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Migrants describe hunger and solitary confinement at for-profit detention center

(CNN)The 40-year-old mother found herself in solitary confinement, locked in a cell behind a steel door for 23 hours a day, according to her legal filing and attorney.The woman, identified in court documents only by the initials R.M., was taken into custody in May while crossing the border illegally to seek asylum. She was separated from her teenage daughter. Now, she's being held at a privately run immigrant detention facility -- effectively, a prison -- known as the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.The facility, which US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said held 1,495 detainees as of June 30, sits within a toxic sludge field and EPA Superfund site where residential construction has been barred. It has been the target ...
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