Southern Poverty Law Center sues ICE for alleged unlawful raids in Georgia
The complaint is based on ICE raids that occurred in January 2016 among immigrant families in Atlanta, according to information released by the SPLC. The organization filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request within days of the raids, seeking information about the warrants. Department of Homeland Security and ICE had failed to release adequate records, in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. A federal court ordered DHS and ICE to comply with the FOIA request by Feb. 16, according to the release. “The safety of home and the freedom from unlawful searches and seizures are among America’s most fundamental values, and law enforcement officials at all levels are legally required to protect these constitutional rights. The anything goes method of the ICE agents in these raids obliterated due process,
tore families apart, and did nothing to enhance national security.”
“In one instance, ICE agents impersonated police officers searching for a criminal suspect, and threatened a family member with arrest for obstruction of a fictitious criminal investigation for denying them entry into his home,” the release reads. “In two other raids, ICE agents falsely claimed they were local police officers searching for a criminal suspect in the home. They showed the residents a photo of an African American man whom they claimed was the suspect in a criminal investigation,
in order to gain entry into the home.