Lawsuit against Border Patrol detention now class action

Lawsuit against Border Patrol detention now class action

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol over detention conditions is now a class action suit.

Federal Judge David Bury issued an order on Monday allowing the case originally filed on behalf of three immigrants to now include others.

The suit was filed in June by a coalition of advocacy groups. It claims the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector holds immigrants in dirty, extremely cold and inhuman conditions.

The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation but has said that safety is a top priority at detention facilities.

Bury sanctioned the agency in November over destruction of surveillance video evidence it was required to keep at its eight Tucson Sector facilities in accordance with the suit. The agency said it was updating its technology to be able to keep the video.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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