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Hearing seeks change in CBP Detention Procedure

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BROWNSVILLE, TX

The federal court in Brownsville to consider an injunction to change procedures for migrants detained at border patrol facilities.

This comes after claims of poor conditions for asylum seekers. Some can be detained well past the agency’s 72-hour standard and be held for weeks on end.

16 separate cases coming together for one preliminary injunction. In short. They’re looking for change in the procedures CBP takes when detaining asylum seekers and migrants along the Rio Grande Valley.

Attorney with Haynes and Boone, Brent Beckert says, “What we’re seeking exactly, the requested relief would be to either fix the conditions in these facilities, the four counties of the Rio Grande that we’re suing on. Or alternatively get them out of CBP custody within 72 hours. Not necessarily release them into the public but put them into ICE custody. Put them in a long-term facility that are capable of long-term detention.”

Inside the court, the defense explaining the nature of treatment, detailing the procedures for restroom use showers, blankets, and the use of phone calls.

“The individuals that we’re representing are individuals that are detained for extremely long time in border patrol facilities, 50 plus days.” says attorney Karla Vargas, Senior Attorney for The Texas Civil Rights Project. “People who are detained in horrendous conditions to where they are denied medical care in many cases. Who were not advised their rights to speak to a consulate, their full rights about what that could entail. As well as access to attorney and their families.”

The hearing will not be resolved today. The injunction may be issued by Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. at a later date.

You can find more information on the ongoing case here:

https://www.aclutx.org/sites/default/files/right_to_counsel_amicus_brief.pdf

https://texascivilrightsproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/36-1.pdf

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