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ACLU Of SoCal Sues ICE

This outdoor recreation area serves the general population at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Detention Facility in Adelanto.(File photo by Maya Sugarman/KPCC)
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A lawsuit claims that conditions at the 1,940-bed Adelanto ICE Processing Center in San Bernardino County makes it impossible for people to remain 6 feet apart.

The suit, from the ACLU of Southern California and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, asks a judge to order the release of enough detainees to allow proper physical distancing.

It's not the first time advocates have asked for a judge to intervene at ICE facilities.

Earlier this month, Federal Judge Terry J. Hatter ordered the release of six detainees with underlying medical conditions from Adelanto, and judges around the country have ordered similar releases. In Massachusetts last week, a federal judge has ordered the release of ICE detainees on a rolling basis.

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