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USImmigrants Citing ‘Horrific Conditions’ in Texas Sue for Release

02:45  14 august  2019
02:45  14 august  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Texas has a long history of immigration , with the majority of immigrants hailing from Mexico. Immigrants now account for 17 percent of the state’s total population and support the local economy in a growing number of industries. Immigrants in Texas are found across the educational spectrum.

(Bloomberg) -- Immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border, citing indefinite detention in “horrific conditions,” have asked a federal judge to order the U.S. to improve the conditions, give them access to lawyers and release them after 72 hours.

Immigrants Citing ‘Horrific Conditions’ in Texas Sue for Release© REUTERS/Loren Elliott Immigrants who turned themselves in to border patrol agents after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. wait to be transported for processing in the Rio Grande Valley sector, near McAllen, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection “has intentionally packed these people into filthy holding cells for lengthy periods of time, where they routinely sleep on concrete floors or concrete benches and are denied access to adequate food, water, medical and sanitation facilities,” according to the complaint, filed Monday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas.

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They cited the Texas law, which will take effect Sept. 1 unless the lawsuit against it is successful, as an example of that worsening treatment. There was little ventilation and no cooling in the cargo bay, creating punishing conditions as temperatures soared into the triple digits.

A coalition of immigrant rights’ advocates is appealing to the Obama administration to halt deportations from a Southwest detention center where they say migrant children and their families are enduring “ horrific ” conditions . Officials from groups including the National Immigrant Justice Center and the

The administration has pursued an increasingly aggressive course on immigrants from Latin America, staging workplace raids right after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that targeted Latinos and, more recently, proposing rule changes for green card applications that would favor wealthier applicants. Last month it moved to narrow protections for asylum seekers if their relatives have a criminal history.

Immigrants Citing ‘Horrific Conditions’ in Texas Sue for Release

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The conditions at U.S. detention facilities along the southern border have been the subject of intense scrutiny. In recent months, at least seven children in CPB custody have died, the petition says.

The case is Gonzalez-Recinos v. McAleenan, 19-cv-95, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Brownsville).

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