L.A. detainees sue immigration authorities over holding conditions

Los Angeles Times, 3/3/2009

Federal authorities are violating immigrant detainees’ constitutional rights by holding them for weeks at a detention facility in downtown Los Angeles that was designed as a short-term processing center, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

“We just want them to follow the minimum standards guaranteed by the Constitution and the statutory rights the detainees have,” Orihuela said.

The center is “regularly overcrowded, causing violence, safety hazards and humiliation,” while detainees are denied access to attorneys and courts and are rarely provided drinking water or a change of clothing, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Immigration Law Center and the Paul Hastings law firm.

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One Response to L.A. detainees sue immigration authorities over holding conditions

  1. Well, the reason it might be overcrowed and taking so long to process people is the amount of people having to be sent there in the first place. hint hint.

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