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Civil Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against ICE for Illegal Arrests

A civil rights group based in Montgomery, Alabama filed a lawsuit against the federal government for alleged illegal raids and arrests made in homes of legal immigrant families. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the federal government before the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Georgia’s Atlanta Division arguing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents violated the Fourth Amendment on illegal searches and seizures by conducting raids of immigrant homes without warrants, consent, or probable cause. Some instances of arrests were made through deceit and misrepresentation by ICE agents who pretended to be local police officers pretending to search for criminal suspects or were conducting criminal investigation in order to gain entry to homes and thereafter arrested and detained immigrants – many of whom were women and children. The SPLC is asking the court to order the federal government to pay these affected immigrant families for damages suffered.

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