Immigrants Say ICE Phone Policies Restrict Counsel Access

By Suzanne Monyak (May 5, 2020, 8:56 PM EDT) -- Immigrants detained in New Mexico and Texas are barred from placing free, private calls to their attorneys, hindering their access to counsel and robbing them of attorney-client confidentiality, a new lawsuit in New Mexico federal court alleges.

The proposed class action, filed Monday by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP on behalf of adults held at the detention centers in Otero, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, claims that the limits on phone access for detainees hinders their due process rights to access attorneys and have a full and fair hearing.

It also makes it more difficult for detained immigrants to contact...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!