A federal lawsuit that prompted the release of the images alleges immigrants were held in inhumane, overcrowded, and filthy holding cells, known among immigrants as “hieleras,” or ice boxes, because of their low temperatures.
The photos come from 2015 surveillance footage taken in the Tucson, Arizona, sector of US Border Patrol, offering a rare glimpse inside the holding cells that the government tried to keep from going public, said Nora Preciado, an attorney with the National Immigration Law Center, which is litigating the case.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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