$125,000 Settlement for Honduran Family

In a suit that alleged Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) used coercive tactics against a Honduran family to give up their asylum claims has settled for $125,000. As part of the family’s claim they alleged that they were kept in a “cold and wet room” known as an “icebox” by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) agents. The lawsuit was brought in New Jersey federal court. Little else is known about the case, but the settlement illustrates what most critics have been warning the general public about for years, that the conditions for immigration detainees need to be improved. Just this month, a report by the Washington Post stated that English classes, soccer, and legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in immigration shelters have been cancelled. Due to the lack of resources, the department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has been forced to cancel these programs because they are deemed “unnecessary.” While the argument could certainly be made that those programs are, in fact, not necessary for survival, as HHS claims, there is no argument for the approximately 24 immigrant deaths that have occurred over the past couple of years while in ICE custody.