The case of 148 civil immigration detainees reached the court at a “grim moment” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a federal judge in Boston, who granted class certification to plaintiffs suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Class certification in Savino v. Superintendent of Bristol County House of Corrections means that plaintiffs attorneys can submit requests to release the detainees collectively, as opposed to on an individual basis.

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