A request was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court for a temporary restraining order and contempt order against U.S. Customs and Border Protection demanding it immediately start processing children held at Border Patrol facilities in Texas for release to parents.
The request came after lawyers and doctors under the direction of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, visited and interviewed hundreds of children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, finding they were being held in deplorable, life-threatening conditions, according to Peter Schey, the center’s president.
“The 80 declarations of class members we have gathered over the past two weeks and are filing in court today disclose that they are detained in what they call `hieleras,’ or ‘iceboxes,’ or in cages, under appalling, overcrowded, and unsanitary conditions which has caused a health crisis for class members and the deaths of several children,” Schey said.
“The conditions described in class members’ declarations disclose a pattern and practice of neglect and utter disregard for the health and well-being of children in CBP’s care and custody.”
Both houses of Congress have passed bills providing emergency humanitarian aid for the southwestern border.
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