A federal judge plans to order Border Patrol to improve sleeping conditions at detention centers in Arizona, saying the detainees’ civil rights are being violated.
U.S. District Court Judge David C. Buru, who is presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former detainees, said the conditions must be improved, Tucson.com reports.
“I think the deprivation of sleep, at the very least, in this case is a violation of the civil rights of a civil detainee and that needs to be fixed,” Bury said at a hearing in Tucson on Tuesday.
Bury’s plan to grant preliminary relief is not a formal order, but he said he plans to work with both sides to work out a solution.
While acknowledging “the Border Patrol has a really tough job,” Bury said it’s still no excuse for inhumane conditions.
“The complexity of government operations cannot trump civil rights, neither can budgetary constraints,” the judge said.
An attorney for the detainees said they are constantly interrupted while trying to sleep because agents are constantly processing new detainees.