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Circuit court reverses nationwide preliminary injunction against ICE detention facilities in COVID-19 lawsuit

Ninth circuit court of appeals issues a ruling

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On October 20, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California’s April 20, 2020, grant of a preliminary injunction that applied to all immigration detention facilities in the United States and imposed a broad range of obligations on the federal government. The court directed that all orders premised on the preliminary injunction be vacated, finding that the plaintiffs did not provide evidence of constitutional and statutory violations on a programmatic, nationwide level to justify the extraordinary relief they requested.