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ACLU: Shackling Illegals In Court Is Cruel and Unusual

August 19, 2011  | 

The American Civil Liberties Union's northern California chapter and other groups have sued the federal government to halt the shackling of illegal immigrants during court hearings.

The groups claim detainees are routinely forced to wear wrist shackles, belly chains, and leg irons even if they don't pose a flight risk.

The groups are suing the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Comments (5)

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Tom @ 8/21/2011 7:16 AM

Having to put up with the ACLU is cruel and unusual punishment.

ed @ 8/21/2011 2:27 PM

Cruel and unusual my ass. It's probably policy that ALL inmates regardless of their classification that they be restrained. Don't want to be in shackles, don't become an inmate. TOO EASY.

Morning Eagle @ 8/22/2011 8:06 PM

The ACLU is again up to their same old crap of trying to get a foot in the door to tell law enforcement departments what they can and cannot do. What does the ALCU know about predicting flight risks anyway since these illegal "immigrants" sure aren't going to announce ahead of time that they plan to try to escape custody. But don't be shocked if DHS and ICE cave in so nobody's feelings get hurt. Judges ought to tell the ACLU lawyers to stop clogging the courts with these kinds of lawsuits and throw them out. But they won't.

Robert @ 8/23/2011 5:43 AM

What? Cruel and Unusual? How do you figure? Get a life ACLU. They are hear illegaly. If they dont like it, dont come here. Stay where they belong. Its plain and simple. Anyone poses a flight risk. Dont do crap wrong and you wont be in front of the spotlight!!!

Sonny Swann @ 8/24/2011 9:59 AM

The ACLU is only trying to downplay the seriousness of being present in this country illegally, lull the unenlightened into the belief that being an illegal immigrant is trivial. Even though ICE places the illegal immigrants in administrative proceedings, the illegal aliens' actions are still criminal, 8 USC 1325. Don't want to be treated like a criminal, then don't enter this country illegally or for criminal purposes. It is really just that simple.

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