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SPLC Sues Over Lack of Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention Centers

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit last week in federal district court challenging immigration detainees’ lack of access to counsel in the LaSalle, Irwin, and Stewart detention centers.

Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Ordering CBP to Improve Conditions in Holding Cells

In Doe v. Kelly, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the preliminary injunctionissued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, which found that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of Tucson Sector immigration detainees and ordered CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in its Tucson Sector holding facilities.

Family Detention facility giving below average care to the detainees

Several of the women being held in family detention in Karnes City, Texas, are pregnant. According to the article, the women stated that they learned about their pregnancies after being given a urine test soon after admission, and one of the women stated that she had not received any off-site medical care for her pregnancy.

MSNBC: Hunger-Striking Immigrant Moms and Kids Allege Retaliationel

MSNBC reports that lawyers and advocacy groups are alleging that women and children who are holding a hunger strike at an immigrant family detention center in South Texas are now facing retaliation, including intimidation and isolation. MSNBC states that ICE denies that any hunger strike is underway at the Karnes County Residential Center, and said the agency is not aware that any women have fully refrained from eating at either the dining hall or in common living areas

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