Phoenix (AP) reported U.S. Judge in Arizona sides with immigration in the complaint against inhumane and unsanitary conditions in U.S. Border Patrol facilities in the state.
What We Know:
- In brief, the verdict came after the conclusion of a seven-day trial. Attorneys spoke on behalf of migrants who sued in 2015. Attorneys argued that Border Patrol Facilities housed migrants in cold, overcrowded, inhumane, and unsanitary conditions.
- Migrants have long cried about conditions referring to facilities as hieleras, or iceboxes.
- According to NBC News, an order decreed in 2016 required agencies to provide migrants held for over 12 hours with mats and thin blankets, and, additionally, to allow them to clean themselves.
- Furthermore, U.S. District Court Judge David C. Burry barred agencies from holding migrants for more than 48 hours if they have been fully processed. Also, he barred agencies from utilizing bathrooms for sleeping; Burry made the decision when the shocking information emerged this year. A video surfaced of a man trying to reach a bathroom but failed because migrants occupied them for sleeping.
- Almost 12,000 people were in confinement for more than 72 hours in Tucson Sector last year or about 20%. Immigrants were in custody for nearly an average time of 54 hours.
- Alvaro M. Huerta, an attorney at the National Immigration Law Center said, “Today’s decision is a tremendous victory for communities everywhere fighting courageously to uphold human dignity and the rights enshrined in our Constitution.”
The Associated Press (AP), insights another federal U.S. Judge ruled in favor of immigrants as well on Friday. The judge found the U.S. government in contempt after authorizing departed five young immigrants who were seeking to remain in the country under a program for abused and neglected immigrant children.