Immigration agency order to cough up $1 million to Latinos

Immigration agency order to cough up $1 million to Latinos
Adriana Aguilar junto a su familia, feliz de haber dado la batalla.
Foto: EDLP / Mariela Lombard

NEW YORK – Under a settlement triggered by unlawful raids, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have to pay a $1 million in damages to Latino victims and change its policies.

The settlement -reached on Thursday- requires ICE to adopt new national regulations that will prevent its agents from entering homes without a warrant and without agents who speak the language of a “target.”

The lawsuit, known asAdriana Aguilar et al. v. ICE, was filed by 22 New Yorkers— both citizens and residents of mixed immigration status. The immigration raids were conducted in 2006 and 2007 during the early hours of the morning, with armed agents pounding on doors and forcing their way into homes.

Adriana Aguilar, 35, an Ecuadorian woman among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, was advised by LatinoJustice PRLDEF. León said she was “very happy and proud of the settlement,” without forgetting the moments of horror she experienced with her young children.