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ACLU Files a Federal Lawsuit Against ICE Over Detainee Conditions, Accessibility of Legal Materials

Following an unanswered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this week, pursuing documents on the conditions and accessibility of legal materials for individuals held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities.

“Legal materials provided in ICE detention facilities may be the only information that a detained immigrant may have for court hearings. For the more than 80 percent of detained people without counsel, the quality of these materials can determine the outcome of a case with life-or-death stakes,” said Marisol Dominguez-Ruiz, Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project.

“ICE’s own detention standards require regular access to a law library and robust legal resources. We must know if people’s due process rights are being violated, and we shouldn’t have to sue to find out,” added Dominguez-Ruiz.

Read the source article at Davis Vanguard

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