Friday, April 3, 2009

L.A. Detainees Tahe ICE to Court

Detainees at an ICE detention facility in downtown Los Angeles are suing it because of poor conditions and denial of civil rights. The facility is meant to hold detainees only 12 hours while they are being processed -- photographed, finger-printed. But many are allegedly held in small, crowded and dirty cells for weeks and even months. Also some complained that they are denied access to legal recourse like bail and even to documents on their cases. (See LA Times article.)


The AP reports that a man attacked an immigration service center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing four and wounding at least 10. The gunman has barricaded himself in the building and is believed to be holding hostages. Immigrant advocates has feared the anti-immigrant feeling might break into violence. It has happened historically in the U.S. in period of high nativist feeling.

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