The conditions are absolutely horrid and inhumane, says ACLU attorney Marisol Orihuela. The holding rooms typically contain one or two non-private toilets, one sink and no soap or sanitary products, and conditions are foul-smelling and dirty.
Even sometimes women who are menstruating, were denied sanitary supplies and emergency medicines and not even drinking water.
The lawsuit alleges, that aside from being denied basic human needs, the detainees had been deprived of due process rights even they were no allowed to have pens, papers or legal assistance.
Detainees are treated like animals at B-18, besides 12 hours of maximum processed time, they even forced to stay for weeks, had to sleep in dirty floor, deprived of soap, clothing and not allowed to contact attorney or family.
Most of the detainees are long time stayers, having US born children, and have served the nation for years.
Chavez, came to the U.S. in 1970 and works as a landscaper, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the National Immigration Law Center.
The lawsuit alleges that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials routinely detain immigrants in deplorable conditions, housing 200 or more people at a time in squalor. As many as 100 immigrants are placed in a temporary holding room, where the condition is barbaric and unconscionable.
Its true that due to some reasons or other detainees had failed to satisfy the immigration rules, but still they are human being, at least they should not deserve a “puppy mill” behavior.