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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 02:42 PM

Advocates representing Texas detainees sue Obama administration over detention policy

Activists representing detainees at the immigration detention center in Karnes County are suing the Obama administration over its policy of holding asylum seekers from Central America.

The lawsuit alleges that, in response to the flood of children and families from Central America illegally crossing the Rio Grande this summer, the administration reversed its policy to release asylum seekers while their court cases proceed. Instead, hundreds have been held in detention. First in New Mexico, and now at the converted detention center in Karnes County.

This month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin moving people into what will be a 2,400-bed facility in Dilley, which is the largest in the country.

The class action lawsuit filed by lawyers at the University of Texas School of Law's Immigration Clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union was filed this week in a federal court in Washington, D.C.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Advocates-representing-Texas-detainees-sue-Obama-5966034.php

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