Oh, the irony. We have all heard the countless stories of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers invading houses. There are stories of parents arrested in front of children, doors being broken in, kids left alone for hours at a time, and the list could go on. Well now, in what I find a slightly amusing twist, ICE is being sued by one of their own for violating constitutional rights:
From KWST News in Yuma, Arizona:
Jim Slaughter and his wife Sheila were doing laundry last July when, they say, a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up on their doorstep looking for a fugitive.
“My wife said is this candid camera and that kind of ticked him off a little bit and he says no mam you need to step back,” says Jim. The couple claims they were ordered to stand in the middle of their living room as agents were about to search their home.
“I said do you realize i’m a U.S. Customs K-9 officer at San Luis, Arizona and they all just froze. The lead agent, his eyes got real big, and he’s like what? You are?” In fact Jim has worked for CBP for seven years. He says the agents immediately retreated.
In March, Jim’s attorney filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security citing a violation of the fourth amendment for protection against unreasonable searches.
“You must have probable cause or a warrant to enter a home in America,” explains attorney Robert Cook. “He had five armed cops and he understood and respected the firepower that was in his living room.”
The Slaughters are seeking $500,000 from each defendant… Jim says he filed the suit because ICE officials have refused to explain or apologize for the mix-up.
Unfortunately, this situation is not uncommon. However, most people do not have the advantage of being a Border Patrol agent, and are therefore left with no options to fight the injustice.