Ten legal immigrants caught up in the Swift & Company meat packing plant immigration raids in Worthington, Minnesota last December have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that they were called racial slurs and that the women among them were forced to strip for searches by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The lawsuit was filed by Centro Legal, whose tactic to allow illegal immigration to continue seems to be to file frivolous lawsuits left and right. The lawsuit against federal government calls for an unknown amount of money and a ruling that would bar ICE from conducting workplace raids.
Centro Legal is also involved in other lawsuits on behalf of illegal aliens.
What needs to happen is that when Centro Legal loses these lawsuits, which are obviously frivolous and a shotgun approach to get some sort of ruling from a judge to bar raids on illegal aliens, they need to be penalized out of existence.
The federal lawsuit was filed by Centro Legal, an immigrant rights group, on behalf of 10 workers at Swift & Co.'s Worthington plant who are in the U.S. legally. More than 200 illegal immigrants in Worthington were arrested Dec. 12 as part of a six-state raid of Swift plants that netted more than 1,200 undocumented workers.
Federal agents "insulted, abused, and humiliated the plaintiffs on account of their race" and ordered female Hispanic workers to disrobe in front of federal agents, the lawsuit claims. White workers, meanwhile, were allowed to move about the plant freely during the raid and weren't subject to unlawful conduct on the part of agents, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims civil rights violations, abuse, discrimination, unlawful search and unlawful detainment. It seeks unspecified damages and a court ruling barring ICE from conducting similar raids.
Centro Legal has also sued on behalf of Hispanic residents in Willmar who claim agents broke into their homes and illegally detained them during a sweep in April. Many Hispanic immigrants in that west-central Minnesota community work at a poultry processor owned by Austin-based Hormel Foods Corp.