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Citizens Sue Border Patrol in Pacific NW; Racial Profiling Alleged

In Sanchez et al. vs. Border Patrol et al. , filed in federal district court in Seattle on April 26, 2012, U.S. citizen plaintiffs allege illegal stops by the Border Patrol based on appearance. From the press release : "[Plaintiff] Ernest Grimes is a resident of Neah Bay, a correctional officer...

Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Pac. NW May Move Forward

"On Monday, August 27, 2012, Federal District Court Judge Benjamin Settle issued an order denying the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit targeting unlawful U.S. Border Patrol actions in the Olympic Peninsula. The lawsuit seeks to end the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles...

Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Against Border Patrol

"ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) announce a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants in the Olympic Peninsula. The parties filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit...

Border Patrol Sued for Excessive Force: 200 Lb. Agent Throws 100 Lb. Disabled U.S. Citizen to the Ground, Cuffs Her

"The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against what the advocacy group claims are egregious abuses of power within the ranks of border law enforcement. The suit, filed in the Brownsville office of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that a Customs...

Lawsuits Challenge Border Patrol Shootings, Secrecy

"Bob Hilliard didn't become an attorney to take on civil rights cases. He's a big-time personal injury trial lawyer in Corpus Christi who sues companies like GM and Coca-Cola. His nickname is "The Bulldog." Today, Hilliard represents families in three Border Patrol shootings where...

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues Border Patrol, Seeks Trial in Shooting Death of Her Son

"Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents, identified only as John Does in the lawsuit. She is demanding a jury hear evidence...

Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes (Wa.) Man

"A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart declared that the Border Patrol did not have a lawful basis to arrest Gustavo Vargas when a Border Patrol agent requested an Anacortes...

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices

"Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The class-action suit, which was filed on behalf...

American Woman Sues for 'Inhuman & Degrading' Border Search: Cervantes v. USA

Jamie Ross, Courthouse News, June 10, 2016 - "Border Patrol agents subjected a teenage U.S. citizen to seven hours of abusive and degrading searches and strip searches for no reason as she tried to walk home from breakfast in Nogales — then they lied about it, her attorney says. As in many...