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Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

Judge set to order Border Patrol to halt controversial detention practices

A federal judge said Tuesday that he will soon order a halt to Border Patrol practices that regularly see detainees held for more than 24 hours in dirty, cold and overcrowded "icebox" cells, where they experience sleep deprivation. ... Read more»1

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

Watchdog agency 'spot' inspecting ICE, BP facilities

Homeland Security's Inspector General said that since March, investigators have reviewed 57 different facilities run by CBP and three facilities used to detain families maintained by ICE, following criticism from immigrant rights groups and complaints received through a hotline service. ... Read more»

CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

Following persistent criticism that immigrants face harsh conditions while in custody, Customs and Border Protection has issued new standards for the treatment of detainees at Border Patrol stations. While advocates praised the agency's transparency, serious questions remain about the agency's accountability and oversight measures. ... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol should double investigators, limit use of deadly force

A federal oversight panel charged with reviewing how Customs and Border Protection handles deadly force cases recommends the agency more than double the number of investigators to review abuses and corruption. ... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»