A federal judge in Tucson overseeing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of immigrants who were held in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities has unsealed photos and documents regarding the facilities.

A coalition of immigrant-advocacy groups claim the immigrants were held in unsanitary and inhumane conditions, subjected to cold and deprived of sleep by the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

Despite claims from the CBP that the documents were sealed for the protection of privacy of the immigrants and security at Border Patrol facilities, Judge David Bury ordered the unsealing of certain photos and documents.

"I see this as a positive step forward," said David J. Bodney, legal counsel for The Republic, "not only for court's granting the newspaper's right to intervene, but for the photos released, and the recognition that the parties should discuss the issue further."

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