ICE Accused Of Violating Decades-Old Detainee Settlement

By Aaron Vehling (February 4, 2015, 7:08 PM EST) -- Plaintiffs in a class action whose 1997 settlement set national standards for detention, release, treatment and housing of children detained by immigration agencies have filed to enforce the agreement, saying the government's heavy-handed response to a recent surge in child immigrants from Central America breaches the deal.

The class members on Monday urged a California federal judge to order the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to comply with the 18-year-old settlement, after the agencies enacted a no-release policy and began housing children in secure facilities in light of a surge of...

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