Texas Detention Center Accused Of Abusing African Detainees

Law360 (March 26, 2018, 7:49 PM EDT) -- Several immigrant legal services have accused a Texas immigration detention facility operated by a private prison company of abusing African detainees in violation of their constitutional rights and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies.

The legal services asserted in a report published on Thursday that some 30 Somali men at the West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca, Texas, had been physically and sexually abused, subject to indiscriminate use of pepper spray, placed in unnecessary solitary confinement, denied access to health care and forced to face unsafe and unsanitary conditions. They claimed that the practices violated constitutional protections from cruel and...

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