Detainees sue ICE over access to lawyers

Three detained migrants are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), claiming agents are restricting their access to legal counsel.

The lawsuit from the three men, filed in Riverside, Calif., alleges that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers limit their access to telephone calls and that telephone calls from detention centers are too expensive, Bloomberg reports.

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The restrictions on telephone calls have prevented immigration detainees from accessing proper legal representation, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs also allege that mail is delayed and face-to-face access to lawyers is curtailed in immigration detention centers.

Immigration detainees are not provided free legal representation, as would detainees under criminal indictment, but have a right to outside representation.

The plaintiffs are seeking to represent 2,000 other immigration detainees in three facilities in Southern California.