Ten New Haven residents who were arrested during the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in 2007 are suing the agency in federal court, claiming that their civil rights were violated.
The lawsuit was filed today in New Haven, naming the agents who conducted the raids and senior ICE officials as defendants. The plaintiffs are being represented by Yale Law School students.
The lawsuit states that the raids involved warrantless searches, and the plaintiffs were arrested based on their race or ethnicity. The raids occurred 36 hours after city officials approved a program to issue identification cards to all residents, including undocumented immigrants.