Feds Settle Suit over Immigration Raids

$1 million for warrantless home invasions


The U.S. government can pay $1 million to settle claims over pre-dawn warrantless home raids by immigration agents, a federal judge ruled.

Nearly two dozen Latinos had filed the complaint in 2007, alleging widespread Fourth Amendment violations and seeking damages and injunctive relief.

Lead plaintiff Adriana Aguilar, a U.S. citizen, claimed that she had been the victim of one such raid while sleeping at in the East Hampton, N.Y., home she shared with her parents, siblings and children, all of whom are also U.S. citizens.

She said agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pounded on the doors before they were allowed entry, then swept through home and terrorized her children.