A group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States have sued the administration of US President Donald Trump, claiming the government is unfairly keeping them in custody.
The class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday in a US federal court in Washington, DC, alleges five US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have detained virtually all border-crossers at a port of entry while the migrants pursue their cases in immigration court.
The US Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, said it does not comment on pending litigation and the US Justice Department declined to comment.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of nine plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and immigrant rights groups.
The lawsuit alleges that ICE offices are violating the US Constitution and the agency’s own policy guidelines by refusing the release most immigrants.
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