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A federal Judge in Arizona ruled in favor of migrant advocates on Wednesday in a lawsuit alleging inhumane and unsanitary conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in Tucson.
U.S. District Judge David C. Bury ordered CBP to provide a bed, blanket, shower, potable food and water, and medical assessment for migrants held more than 48 hours. The ruling would also make permanent a preliminary injunction Bury issued in 2016 that requires CBP to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants held for longer than 12 hours and to allow access to body wipes.
The migrants were represented by the law firm Morrison & Foerster, as well as attorney from the National Immigration Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
Currently migrants are held on the floors of said facilities, which have been infamously dubbed “hieleras,” or iceboxes, with mylar blankets.
The judge ruled that CBP will not be able to hold people for more than 48 hours “unless and until CBP can provide conditions of confinement that meet detainees’ basic human needs for sleeping in a bed with a blanket, a shower, food that meets acceptable dietary standards, potable water, and medical assessment performed by a medical professional.”
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