The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a motion in Los Angeles to stop immigration authorities from forcibly drugging deportees as they are put on commercial flights back to their home countries.
The motion filed yesterday in federal court comes after an immigration official testified in the Senate last month that 50 immigrants over a seven-month period were forced to take psychotropic drugs.
Many of them had no psychiatric diagnosis.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauri Haley
would not comment about the pending litigation, but says forced medications are rarely given.
The ACLU claims the practice may constitute torture and violates both the Bill of Rights and federal law regarding the medical treatment of detainees.