Federal Judge Orders Border Patrol To Change Practices In Tucson Sector

Published: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:35pm
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A federal judge in Tucson this week ruled that the Border Patrol’s holding facilities for detained migrants are unconstitutional and, he granted a permanent injunction ordering the agency to change its practices in the Tucson Sector.

This comes as the result of a case filed by civil detainees that claimed these holding facilities — which are often called iceboxes — are overcrowded and don’t provide migrants with basic necessities like adequate food or medical care.

For more on what this means for migrants, The Show spoke with Laura Barrera, a staff attorney in the Children’s Program at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.

The Show also reached out to the Border Patrol about the decision. A spokesperson sent the following statement:

On February 19, 2020, Judge Bury in the District of Arizona issued a ruling on care-in-custody concerns in Tucson, Az. As an Agency, CBP encounters a diverse population of people from all over the world, and we are committed to the health, safety, and humane care of every individual in our custody until they can be transferred to our partners in the immigration and criminal justice systems.

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