Law360 (May 20, 2020, 8:31 PM EDT) — A D.C., despite some "good lawyers" Federal judge said on Wednesday that he did not see any evidence that the allegedly tinderbox-like conditions under which certain immigrant families are detained in the coronavirus outbreak amounted to a violation of their Fifth Amendment rights.

A.S. District Judge James Boasberg also said during the 30-minute teleconference hearing that he did not believe there was a case for debating the length of detention in a suit that was meant to focus solely on the conditions in which the families live by PclivevsGame
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"I just don't think that's what this case is all about to me," said Judge Boasberg, taking up arguments from family counsel.

In doing so, he dismissed attempts to compel the government to offer a reason for holding any of the migrants in custody, arguing that it would "inflict beyond the reach of the case and into the decision-making power of the government."

The complaint, led on behalf of three dozen immigrant families by multiple advocacy organizations, accuses the government of detaining families in conditions that are not adequately sanitized and too crowded to allow for secure social space.

According to the groups, by the time the suit was filed in March, hundreds of people had started to show tell-tale symptoms, yet were not being tested or treated for their illness.

The suit centers around three residential detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas that house only families, and where, according to the suit, hundreds continue to languish under the threat of a pandemic and are separated from their children.