- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says immigrants at four California detention centers will have better access to attorneys and law enforcement under a settlement with federal officials.

The ACLU, which announced the deal Tuesday, says the settlement requires the facilities to expand the list of attorneys and government agencies immigrants can contact by phone for free. It will also give the immigrants more time on the phone with certain nonprofit organizations, consulates and federal offices before automatically disconnecting the call.

The settlement applies to jails in Sacramento, Contra Costa and Yuba counties and a privately-run detention center in Bakersfield that hold immigrants facing deportation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement the settlement is consistent with its commitment to ensuring the welfare of everyone in its custody.


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