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Judge grants motion for ICE detainee bail hearings at Wyatt



Update! See: Judge orders immediate bail hearings for ICE detainees at Wyatt Detention Center

United States District Court Judge Mary S McElroy today issued a ruling in favor of a class-action lawsuit today against federal immigration officials and the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. The suit, filed as a habeas corpus petition, obtained urgent relief for a class of over 70 immigration detainees at the facility by calling for their conditional release. The suit was filed as the count of detainees at the facility infected with COVID-19 more than doubled in three days.

See: ACLU class-action lawsuit seeks release for all ICE detainees at Wyatt Detention Center

“The petitioners’ motion for expedited bail hearings… is GRANTED,” writes McElroy in her decision. “A Memorandum explaining the Court’s reasoning will follow. Individual bail hearings are to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and will continue on a weekday daily basis until all petitioners requesting a hearing have been given one.”

More on this as it develops.

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