he Trump administration is incarcerating hundreds of civil immigration detainees incommunicado at a prison complex in Victorville, California. For the past week, the detainees have been denied all access to attorneys, including pro bono lawyers who wanted to give them legal advice on handling their cases that could be a matter of life and death. Many of those held include individuals subject to the administration's "zero-tolerance" policies, under which children have been forcibly separated from their parents. Last night, the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Southern California filed an emergency lawsuit to put an immediate end to the unconstitutional denial of attorney access to the detainees housed in the prison.
"All we are seeking is to provide free legal services to detained immigrants at Victorville on the same terms allowed at other immigration detention centers," said Lindsay Toczylowksi, executive director of ImmDef. "Legal assistance is essential for people facing our extraordinarily complicated immigration system." Read the full story here