Court Orders Release of Photos of AZ Border Patrol Detention Facilities

Court Orders Release of Photos of AZ Border Patrol Detention Facilities

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona dealt the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol a serious blow when it ordered the release of graphic video stills and expert testimony pertaining to the conditions in which immigrants are kept for days at a time. With the help of the Arizona Republic, attorneys on behalf of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and various other immigration advocacy groups convinced the court that access to court proceedings and basic information about governmental practices is a fundamental First Amendment right. The photographs showed cold, overcrowded, and dirty cells designed to hold individuals for only a few hours of time inhabited by mothers and infants with small children for several days. One image shows a woman changing her baby’s diaper on a concrete floor covered in trash. Individuals have no beds or bedding and are crammed into small spaces in an unnecessarily harsh manner. Unsealed documents also indicated that one expert characterized the conditions as the worst he had seen in 35 years of experience working in correctional facilities. The photos appeared as evidence in a class action lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrants seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the unconstitutional practices of the Border Patrol while the case is in litigation. The plaintiffs, who are represented by NILC and various other immigration advocacy groups, obtained the release of these photos and documents after the court sanctioned the Border Patrol for destroying video recordings from these facilities and failing to turn over other documentation of the allegedly unconstitutional conditions. Individuals whose loved ones are incarcerated in immigration detention facilities or those who are incarcerated themselves need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist you with the often complex process of securing both their release and their right to remain in the United States. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.
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