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Union to sue ICE to stop immigration raids

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is seeking a federal injunction to stop what it calls illegal workplace raids.

A draft of the lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press.

The suit to be filed tomorrow in Amarillo targets the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The suit says federal agents unlawfully detained workers and violated their rights during raids last December at six Swift meatpacking plants.

A site in Cactus, Texas, was among those raided.

ICE officials investigating identity theft by suspected illegal immigrants arrested more than 1,200 workers.

ICE attorneys haven't seen the lawsuit -- but plan to fight it.

A spokesman says all workers were given full access to due process under the law and nobody's rights were violated.

Homeland Security referred questions to ICE.

On the Net:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: www.ice.gov/

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union: www.ufcw.org/

Swift & Co.: www.swiftbrands.com/

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