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Nessel joins AGs asking for guarantee of safe, sanitary immigration detention centers

Detainees being housed inside fenced rooms at a government facility.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other attorneys general from across the U.S. to ask a court to force the federal government to keep children safe in immigration detention centers. The brief says media reports detail “deplorable and inhumane conditions,” including being denied basic necessities like like clean water and soap.

Nessel says statistically, it’s likely that some children in the centers will end up in Michigan.

“I think that, so that we don’t bear a greater cost later on, for any medical or psychological or educational deficiencies that they receive – ultimately will impact us here.”

Multiple children have died while in U.S. custody since December.

Nessel has joined more than two dozen lawsuits and opposition letters since she took office in January. The subjects range from an opposition to the merger of telecom companies Sprint and T-Mobile to funding President Trump’s border wall. And she’s pulled the state out of multiple lawsuits joined by her Republican predecessor.

Critics say Nessel should stay out of federal matters. She disagrees.

“So you can say, ‘well why are you joining all of these federal, national lawsuits’. Well because they impact the state of Michigan, but they also impact all of us as Americans as well.”

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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