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Judge Rules ICE High Officials Responsible for Actions of Agents

Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials can be sued for their agents breaching the constitution.

The government’s argument that officials are immune from lawsuits brought on constitutional grounds was dismissed by the judge, and the civil rights suit filed on behalf of 11 alleged unauthorized immigrants advances to a higher court.

The lawsuit of the 11 suspected of being unauthorized immigrants claims that in June of 2007, ICE agents entered their homes without permission and arrested them illegally, violating their 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendment rights.

While their case may continue, the ruling is a broad-reaching decision, that clarifies that “higher-ups” are responsible for the actions of those on the “ground-level”.