DECEMBER 22, 2010
A Clinton-appointed judge has given a group of illegal immigrants the green light to sue the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights during the operation that led to their apprehension.
Ruling that immigration agents and their supervisors can be sued for civil damages, Connecticut federal Judge Stefan Underhill cited the illegal aliens’ story that “defendant officers targeted a primarily Latino neighborhood, arrested people who appeared Latino, detained one plaintiff solely because he spoke Spanish and appeared Latino, and taunted one plaintiff’s girlfriend by saying the plaintiffs were being taken to see Mexican singer Juan Gabriel.”
The accusations are enough to “plausibly allege” that the federal immigration agents “were motivated by a discriminatory purpose,”
The arrests took place during a 2007 fugitive operation in eastern
Their complaint also asserts that the feds deliberately conducted raids in
Emboldened by such protections, illegal immigrants have filed a number of lawsuits against U.S. law enforcement agencies in the last few months. Earlier this year a Mexican woman who used a fake identity to work at a landscaping company sued an
With the help of their advocate pro bono attorneys, illegal aliens have also sued an Ohio sheriff deputy who helped deport a Mexican with false identification cards, a Maryland officer who arrested an illegal Salvadoran and a southern California city (Costa Mesa) for banning them from seeking work on public streets. The lawsuit actually stems from the arrest by local police of a dozen illegal alien day laborers who violated the city’s anti-solicitation ordinance.
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