trump making a speech

Border Patrol Detention Centers Violate Civil Rights, Judge Says

Citing a civil rights violation, a federal judge indicated his plans to order Border Patrol to improve sleeping conditions for detainees at its detention centers in Arizona.

Immigrants at these centers are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors they refer to as “hierleras,” or iceboxes.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury, who is presiding over the lawsuit filed on behalf of three former detainees, said the conditions must be improved, Tucson.com reports.

A federal hearing on the issue began Monday, and U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury said he has “concerns” about the court filings.

“The deprivation of sleep, at the very least, in this case is a violation of the civil rights of a civil detainee and that needs to be fixed,” Bury said at the hearing on Tuesday.

To stave off the heat, agents provide every detainee with a mylar survival blanket to trap their body heat while they sleep, said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent for the Tucson Sector George Allen. The agency tried providing cloth blankets years ago, but the laundry demand was too much for any local company.

Bury also mentioned that most detainees are forced to stay in these detention centers twice as long as the agency’s recommendation of 12 hours or less.

In defense, Border Patrol said it’s doing the best it can with limited resources.

The judge acknowledged the Border Patrol’s difficult job and limited budget, but would not excuse these conditions.

“The complexity of government operations cannot trump civil rights, neither can budgetary constraints,” Bury said.

The civil trial — which also deals with claims of poor food, frigid temperatures, and lack of access to medical care — is set to begin next summer.

 

Photo: "Border Patrol" by "Bill Morrow" is licensed under CC BY 2.0/ Cropped from original

Posted in General News

Tags: CBP, removing illegal immigrants, civil rights, detention centers

PrintEmail

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk: Plan Your Summer in the National Parks

Just in time to plan your summer trip, tune in to FEDtalk this Friday to learn about all the great sights waiting to be explored inside our National Parks.

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Foundation 2016 Custom Corvette Z06 Raffle

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Foundation and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) teamed up to raffle a 2016 Custom Built Wide Body Chevrolet Corvette Zo6.

Read more ...
FEDagent

FEDagent.com

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2017 FEDagent.com
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC