U.S. Immigration Officials Agree to $1 Million Settlement
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has reached a $1 million settlement with 22 New Yorkers suing the agency for conducting raids on their homes without a warrant.
According to the settlement, ICE must revise its policies and training. Requirements include making sure officers seek consent to enter a private residence, and that they only conduct so-called protective sweeps when there is "reasonable, articulable suspicion of danger."
Advocates for the plaintiffs say the immigration cases against those arrested have also been deferred, or tossed out.
Ghita Schwarz, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, applauded the agreement in a statement.
"Sleeping while Latino is not a suspicious activity that justifies ICE's forcing its way into homes and terrorizing families at gunpoint," Schwarz said. "Our brave clients have show ICE agents that they are subject to the same constitutional restrictions as any other law enforcement officer; they need judicial warrants or valid consent to enter a home."