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AZ Court Rules That CBP Must Provide Mats to Detainees

AZ Court Rules That CBP Must Provide Mats to Detainees

According to an Arizona Daily Sun article, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) cannot avoid providing mats and blankets to immigrants who have been detained in the state of Arizona for more than 12 hours, regardless of the “hardship” that the requirement places on CBP. The claim that having mats so that immigrants can lie down reduces the number of individuals that can be placed in a holding cell was also unpersuasive to the Court. During the normal processing of immigrants, mats and blankets shouldn’t be necessary, since the process should take only about two and one-half hours. However, in a three-month period in 2015, only 3,000 of the 17,000 detained immigrants were processed out of detention within two and one-half hours. More specifically, 8,600 people were detained by CBP for up to 23 hours, 6,800 were detained for up to 47 hours, 1,200 were detained for up to 71 hours, and 476 for 72 hours or more. This situation, the Court ruled, makes it reasonable to require CBP to provide mats and blankets to detainees. Nonetheless, the Court did not find that that migrants should have access to mattresses and beds in CBP’s temporary holding facilities, nor should they have access to showers and skilled medical care provided by doctors or nurses. The Court’s ruling comes one year after U.S. District Court Judge David Bury ordered CBP to immediately make improvements to the conditions in which they were temporarily holding immigrants. Bury ordered CPB to provide the immigrants with clean bedding, including sleeping mats, as well as address the personal hygiene of immigrants, including an opportunity to wash themselves. As your case winds its way through the immigration court system, we are dedicated to providing you with the essential legal advice that you need throughout your deportation proceedings. We are here to represent your interests before the immigration court and appeal any adverse decisions, if warranted. We devote all of our efforts to advocating on behalf of you and your family before the immigration court. Don’t hesitate to contact the Bay Area immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and set up your legal consultation today. We are here to help.

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