Undocumented immigrants being held at a federal prison in Oregon will now receive access to attorneys, according to Fox 12 Oregon.
The local Fox affiliate on Monday reported that the ruling was made by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon. The specific terms come under a temporary restraining order that says the 121 detainees will get daily access to attorney visiting rooms and phone calls.
“We should all be concerned if the government is locking people in a federal prison without due process, being held for, I believe now, for 26 days without appearing before any sort of a judge, and without having the opportunity to speak with an attorney,” Leland Baxter-Neal, with the ACLU of Oregon, told Fox 12. “We are pleased that the court saw the dire circumstances at play here and granted our order.”
Oregon ACLU representatives added that before the judge's order, attorneys were not allowed to enter the facility to meet with detainees.
The 28-day temporary order also bars Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from transferring detainees out of Oregon. In addition, it bans the federal government from conducting hearings or deporting detainees before they have gotten “Know Your Rights” training — a form of training led by a nonprofit advocacy group that asked for the order in a lawsuit filed last week.
A government attorney told the TV station that the federal government considers the order unnecessary.
The development comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE has ramped up his attacks on the U.S. immigration system. On Sunday, he called for eliminating due process for immigrants accused of entering the country illegally.
“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” Trump tweeted.