March 19 2019
PORTLAND, Oregon — Two federal prisoners who had sought asylum in Sheridan have filed a lawsuit charging the Trump administration had violated various religious protections.
Gurpreet Singh and Pachattar Singh filed a federal lawsuit Thursday saying they weren't allowed to follow customs of their Sikh religion.
The lawsuit says the men were not allowed to cover their heads at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan.
The lawsuit also says they were denied religious texts, food that conformed to their religious faith and access to a suitable location for prayers.
The lawsuit says those are violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement in late May sent more than 120 detainees from the U.S. southern border to Sheridan.
The federal government hasn't responded to the lawsuit.