Ten Connecticut residents are expected to file a lawsuit today over the conduct of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during immigration raids in 2007.
The lawsuit alleges that ICE agents illegally entered New Haven homes without search warrants or consent in the early morning of June 6th, 2007. In some cases, agents allegedly were armed and used physical force. Residents were arrested based only on their race or ethnicity, according to the complaint. The plaintiffs say ICE officials targeted New Haven in retaliation against the city’s identification program which offers I-D cards to all city residents, including illegal immigrants. The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages for constitutional violations suffered during the raids.