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Border Patrol lawsuit goes to trial

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Suit alleges unsafe and inhumane detention conditions

TUCSON, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A lawsuit targeting conditions at U.S. Border Patrol detention centers went to trial Monday in a Tucson courtroom.

The suit was filed in 2015. It accuses the Border Patrol of subjecting migrants to unsafe and inhumane conditions at eight detention centers.

A judge issued a preliminary injunction in the case long before it reached trial. The 2016 order required facilities to provide detainees with thin blankets and clean sleeping mats to all detainees held for more than 12-hours.

Migrant advocates say the Border Patrol still hold immigrants for prolonged periods of time in filthy and freezing conditions.

However, agents say their facilities are only designed for adults and short-term stays.

Arizona News / Immigration / Top Stories

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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