Immigration advocates say that Border Patrol's conditions of detainment amount to punishment before conviction of a crime and therefore violate due process rights.
June 12, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
American Immigration Council along with the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed class-action suit on behalf of two unidentified immigrant women and a Tucson man, Norlan Flores, against the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, saying that officers for CBP did not follow policies to provide adequate bedding, appropriate medical care, soap and basic hygiene necessities, potable water, and warm clothing. The class certification motion argues that the conditions of detainment constituted punishment before conviction of a crime.