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Judge to hear arguments in challenge to immigrant detentions

November 3, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston is expected to hear arguments in a class action lawsuit challenging the detention of immigrants facing deportation.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti Saris is considering Tuesday a motion for a summary judgment in the case.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Massachusetts and New Hampshire chapters argue that multiple federal courts have ruled the government must provide clear evidence justifying a detention.

They complain federal officials are detaining immigrants in New England and forcing them to prove they’re not a danger or flight risk if released.

The groups say that violates constitutionally protected due process rights.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s office counters that federal law grants the government “broad discretion” to decide whether foreign nationals will be held until their immigration case is decided.