April 22, 2014

ICE Agrees To Limit Use Of Shackles On Immigrants In San Francisco Immigration Courts

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed to avoid shackling immigrants at the San Francisco immigration court in many hearings. Immigrants will still be shackled at a type of brief, procedural hearing in which several detainees are addressed at the same time.

In 2011 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and others filed a lawsuit against ICE. The lawsuit says detainees at the San Francisco court wear metal restraints on their wrists, ankles and waists and that most are bused from jails several hours away, spending hours in shackles before, during and after their hearings.

A federal judge in San Francisco was scheduled to consider Thursday whether to approve the settlement in the lawsuit, ACLU attorney Julia Harumi Mass said the agreement applies only to the San Francisco court, which serves more than 2,000 immigrants a year who are in ICE custody at three county jails in Northern California.- Huff Post

Juana Villegas wears handcuffs while demonstrating outside the Tennessee Supreme Court building on Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. In 2008, Villegas was jailed in Nashville and kept in shackles while in labor with her son, Gael Carachure, now 3 years old. Inside the Supreme Court chamber Thursday, a Nashville immigration attorney argued that the Davidson County sheriff should be barred from participating in a federal program that lets deputies perform some of the duties of immigration | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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