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Union Says Work Site Raids Were Illegal

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said "they're trying to get the judicial branch to prevent the executive branch to enforce laws that the legislative branch has passed." Randall County District Attorney James Farren said "they're trying to get the judicial branch to prevent the executive branch to enforce laws that the legislative branch has passed."

A work site raid that union workers say was illegally executed is making it's way to court.

Illegal raids and violating constitutional rights is what the lawsuit alleges.  It was filed in Amarillo Federal Court today by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union against the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

An I.C.E. spokesperson says every person was treated with respect and has been given full access to due process of the law.

The union says workers were unlawfully detained and their 4th and 5th amendment rights were violated by the custom agent last December during the raid at Swift meatpacking.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said "they're trying to get the judicial branch to prevent the executive branch to enforce laws that the legislative branch has passed."

Something Ferran says should be taken up with an elected official. He also says that if the lawsuit is won, it would set a terrible precedent.  "The day after the decision all the methamphetemine dealers in the panhandle get together and file a petition for injunctive relief that the courts order the local law enforcement not to attempt to enforce a law against producers of meth by conducting searches or things of that nature."

I.C.E. maintains they will continue their operations in accordance with their policies and procedures.   A spokesperson for the union was not available for comment at news time.

 

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