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Thousands of migrants put in solitary confinement without violating any rules

Migrants are gathered inside the fence of a makeshift detention center
Migrants are gathered inside the fence of a makeshift detention center in El Paso, Texas on Wed. March 27, 2019. Photo: Sergio Flores for The Washington Post/Getty Images

Over a 5-year stretch during both the Obama and Trump administrations, thousands of migrants were placed into solitary confinement while in ICE custody, nearly half of whom had not appeared to violate any known rules, according to government documents newly obtained and reported by NBC News.

"Solitary confinement was being used as the first resort, not the last resort,"
— Ellen Gallagher, a policy adviser with the Department of Homeland Security told NBC

ACLU claims ICE abuse during transport of detained immigrants

A migrant woman and her child get off a bus
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California has filed a series of abuse claims related to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's treatment of immigrants being transported between detention facilities.

The accusations: The ACLU claims that nine women spent more than 24 hours being driven from two facilities in California that are less than 300 miles apart. Shackled in the back of a windowless van with no air, the women were allegedly denied "adequate food and water," causing several to vomit and faint in the extreme heat.