US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol
Border Patrol agents including four mounted on horseback train to respond to hostile crowds throwing rocks at a border fence on the US-Mexico border on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in nearby town of Sunland Park, New Mexico. The exercise was part of an annual use-of-force training for agents in the El Paso sector, which covers southern New Mexico and west Texas. (Source: AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio/AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. judge in Arizona has issued a permanent order requiring the Border Patrol to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants within 12 hours of arriving at a detention facility.

The order issued on Wednesday also bars the agency from holding migrants more than 48 hours if they’ve been fully processed.

It applies only to eight Border Patrol stations in Arizona following a lawsuit that claims the agency holds migrants in overcrowded, unsafe and inhumane conditions.

The lawsuit alleged facilities are extremely cold, overcrowded and unsanitary, and conditions don’t allow migrants to sleep.

The Border Patrol says its facilities were designed for adults and short-term stays.

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