Immigration Law

Lawsuit Targets ICE's Use of False Pretenses to Gain Entry to Homes: Morales v. USA

"When “police” knock on your door, show you a picture of a “criminal,” and tell you they are looking for him or her, it is reasonable to fling your door wide open. But when it turns out the agents are not police, and they are not looking for a criminal (because there is no criminal), and they are, in fact, immigration agents looking for one of your family members, it cannot reasonably be argued that you provided knowing consent for a complete search of your home. This case arises from a series of immigration raids in and around Atlanta targeting families during New Year’s in 2016. Immigration agents used “ruses” to gain access to three families’ homes. Such conduct is egregious; its victims are innocent parents and their children; and its damages are lasting and substantial." - Morales v. USA

"The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency entered the homes of immigrant families without warrants, consent or probable cause – in violation of the Fourth Amendment – solely to detain and deport families, mostly women and children, according to a lawsuit filed by the SPLC. The complaint details the ways in which ICE agents violated the civil rights of Atlanta families by entering into homes under false pretenses. The lawsuit focuses on ICE raids in Georgia that took place in January 2016." - SPLC, Dec. 11, 2017.