- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol over detention conditions is now a class action suit.

Federal Judge David Bury issued an order on Monday allowing the case originally filed on behalf of three immigrants to now include others.

The suit was filed in June by a coalition of advocacy groups. It claims the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector holds immigrants in dirty, extremely cold and inhuman conditions.

The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation but has said that safety is a top priority at detention facilities.

Bury sanctioned the agency in November over destruction of surveillance video evidence it was required to keep at its eight Tucson Sector facilities in accordance with the suit. The agency said it was updating its technology to be able to keep the video.



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