ICE Fights Class Cert. Bid In Detainees' Atty Access Suit

Law360 (June 30, 2020, 7:25 PM EDT) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told a New Mexico federal judge that detainees can't bring class claims over their alleged inability to speak with attorneys through free, private calls, arguing that each migrant's case is too particular for class treatment.

ICE urged U.S. District Judge Kenneth J. Gonzales on Monday against certifying a 1,500-member group of everyone held in El Paso, Texas, and Otero County, New Mexico, detention facilities, saying there's no uniformity among the proposed class.

Two migrants launched the case on May 4 on behalf of everyone detained in the centers, accusing ICE of imposing policies that bar them from...

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