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U.S. to Pay Immigrants After Raid

February 24, 2012
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The federal government will pay immigrants to settle a civil rights lawsuit. The case goes back to 2007 when Latino immigrants were arrested in raids in New Haven, Connecticut.

The government also said it will not deport the immigrants.

According to the immigrants, armed federal officers arrested them in their homes without warrants or explanations. Twenty-nine immigrants were arrested. Eleven of them brought the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said the arrests took place two days after New Haven approved identification cards for all city residents including immigrants without legal papers. The raids led to demonstrations by Yale students and immigrant advocates against the government’s actions.

The federal government denied the accusation. It paid $350,000 to settle the lawsuit. The government said it paid the money to avoid the additional expense of litigation.

The immigrant’s lawyer said, “This shows what happens when people have the courage to stand together to defend their basic human rights. No one is above the law, including immigration agents.”

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