Ten Connecticut residents arrested in immigration raids in 2007 filed a lawsuit today against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. WNPR's Diane Orson reports.
The complaint alleges that ICE agents entered homes in New Haven without search warrants, and arrested residents based solely on their race or ethnicity. The lawsuit says ICE was retaliating against New Haven’s identification program which offers ID cards to all residents, including undocumented immigrants. Ana Munoz is a Yale University law student representing the plaintiffs.
"Even when we are enforcing our immigration laws, the constitution still applies. And anybody who suffers from unconstitutional treatment is going to defend their rights."
Defendants in the case include the former assistant secretary of Homeland Security for ICE, Julie Myers. A spokesperson for the agency says ICE does not comment on matters pending before a court.
For NPR News, I’m Diane Orson in New Haven.