Appeals court: Immigration detainees’ lawsuit can go forward
By: The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court says immigration detainees who were held at a private prison in Colorado can move forward with a lawsuit alleging they were required to do manual labor for as little as $1 a day while awaiting possible deportation.
The GEO Group, which operates the 1,500-bed facility in Aurora, argued the case should not have been certified as a class action on behalf of 62,000 people who had been held in the center over the past decade.
GEO has said its work program is voluntary and complies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines. Boulder attorney Brandt Milstein tells The Denver Post detainees were forced to work under the threat of solitary confinement.