Historic Legal Victory to End Terrorizing ICE Raids in Homes

April 08, 2013 at 11:33 am

Adriana León (right) with her 10-year-old son Carson, her mom Rosa Elena León and brother Andrés León, are all smiles in their East Hampton, L.I., home after the legal victory. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa).

Twenty-two Latinos will receive compensation for damages from a settlement with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) as a result of illegal raids the agency carried out on Long Island in 2006 and 2007.

The $1 million settlement also requires ICE to adopt new regulations nationally that will prevent their agents from entering private homes without a search warrant.

The lawsuit, known as Adriana Aguilar et al. v. ICE, was filed on behalf of 22 New Yorkers including men, women, children, citizens, permanent legal residents, and others. It was brought to court as a result of immigration authorities conducting violent raids during early morning hours, knocking doors and demanding entry to homes in front of frightened occupants.

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