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Groups: Retaliation after migrants report detention center

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ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Migrants held by U.S. authorities at a detention center in rural New Mexico say they have endured retaliation rather than aid after reporting unsanitary conditions at the government-contracted jail. A coalition of civil rights advocacy groups published a letter from a dozen migrants about filthy conditions and reprisals at the Torrance County Detention Facility. Problems include broken plumbing, insect infestations and insufficient access to drinking water. A companion complaint to the office of civil rights at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says inmates experienced restrictions on access to legal representation and a falsified accusation of misconduct. The jail operator disputed the allegations Thursday and said there was no hunger strike happening at the lockup.