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Immigration detention raids called into question

Earlier in 2016, at least 100 female and child immigrants were detained in the United States. All involved were said to have crossed the nation's borders from Central America. Since then, a lawsuit has been filed in Georgia against the federal government concerning certain documents that pertain to the government raids that sent these people to immigration detention.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed the lawsuit in a U.S. District Court on behalf of a civil rights group. The claim states that the government has violated a public records law. Reportedly, it has refused access to certain documents regarding immigration raids that have been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The plaintiffs have further asserted that immigration officials were deceptive in their attempts to gain entry to various residences they raided. The raids took place in January 2016 in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. Six months allegedly passed since the request for information was submitted. Those who filed the lawsuit say they have exhausted their options to respectfully request public information, and no official response has addressed their request.

A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency refuses to comment on a situation involving pending litigation. The mothers and children sent to immigration detention were among others who had requested asylum while fleeing extreme poverty and violence in their countries of origin. Many had already received temporary stays and permission to temporarily reside in the United States while their situations were being reviewed. Whether the court will agree that immigration officials violated constitutional rights in this situation remains to be seen; however, any person facing similar child citizenship issues in Georgia may contact an attorney for assistance.

Source: latino.foxnews.com, "Lawsuit claims feds are illegally withholding documents relating to immigration raids", Elizabeth Llorente, Aug. 10, 2016

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