Report: New federal immigration raid guidelines established

The federal government has agreed to establish new policies regarding raids conducted by immigration officers on private homes as part of a settlement in a class-action suit between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and nearly two dozen plaintiffs, according to CNN.

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The suit contended that ICE officers inappropriately forced their way into the homes of Latino families in New York during eight raids in 2006 and 2007.

The cable network reports that the settlement, reached this week, includes a $1 million payment to the plaintiffs, as well as an agreement to drop or postpone immigration proceedings against eight of the plaintiffs.

And, where consent is necessary, ICE officers will now have to, when feasible, obtain permission to enter a home in a language the resident understands.

The settlement also includes restrictions on ICE searches on property outside a home, and agents are now barred from conducting protective sweeps in a home unless they find “a reasonable, articulable suspicion of danger.”