United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will establish a new policy when conducting raids on premises where undocumented immigrants might be residing as a part of settlement between ICE and about two dozen plaintiffs after receiving approval from the US federal court this Thursday April 4, 2013.
US government also agreed to pay about $1 million and either drop or put aside the immigration related proceedings against the plaintiffs. Immigration activists are calling it a victory for undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were alleged to have forced their entries into eight homes in New York’s Long Island where Latino families were residing. The Latino immigrants claimed that the raids were conducted without any legal justification in 2006 and 2007.
Adriana Aguilar, the lead plaintiff in the class-action suite, claimed that ICE agents raided the house in the middle of night and entered the home even after they were denied entry. Undocumented immigrants have the basic right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure just like the US citizens.
ICE agents will be required to obtain permission to enter a home in a language the residents can understand when agents are conducting raids without warrants under the new guidelines.
As part of the settlement agreement, US government have agreed to either drop or not to pursue the immigration proceedings in a number of cases which were related to the raids. The government also agreed to pay one million in compensation.
ICE will also be drafting other guidelines for warrant less search procedures.