Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail

Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail

"On July 10, 2014, prompted by the government’s initial response to the large influx of unaccompanied alien children6 (“unaccompanied children” or “UAC”) and families – many from El Salvador – who have recently been apprehended along the United States border with Mexico, plaintiffs filed an application for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”). The application seeks to have the court order the government to give class counsel a weekly list of the names, age, and gender of all class members detained at the Nogales Processing Center (“the NPC”) in Nogales, Arizona, and to allow class counsel to visit class members at the NPC so they can determine whether the government is complying with the terms of the injunction cited above. The government opposes the application. ... The government is directed to allow class counsel to interview 25 class members at the NPC during a one-day visit as soon as is practicable, but in no event later than July 30, 2014. These interviews must be private and may occur on or off the NPC site. To assist counsel in determining whether 25 individuals with whom they are permitted to speak are representative, the government is directed to provide class counsel with a list of the names, ages, and genders of all class members detained at the NPC on the day class counsel visit." - Orantes-Hernandez v. Holder, July 17, 2014.

See also the ACLU press release here.