- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal judge has granted attorneys in a lawsuit against the Border Patrol over its treatment of immigrants access to four Arizona facilities.

Judge David C. Bury issued an order Friday allowing the attorneys to have three experts, a photographer and one lawyer to visit the facilities to inspect holding cells and other areas.

The lawsuit was filed in June. It claims the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely holds immigrants in dirty and extremely cold cells for extended periods of times.

The lawsuit was filed by a collation of advocacy groups on behalf of three immigrants.

CBP, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, says its facilities are designed to be short-term and that agents make every effort to ensure that immigrants in custody are given food, water and medical attention.

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