Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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From the Al-Reuters news agency;

Hispanic immigrants sue U.S. city after crackdown
By Av HarrisWed Sep 26, 8:47 PM ET

Ten Hispanic immigrants filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a Connecticut city, its mayor and police chief, and federal agents who led a crackdown on illegal immigration last year.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, claims the arrests violated the civil rights of nine workers and a 10th man who was stopped at a traffic light, including their right to due legal process, free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, according to court documents.

It is the latest legal challenge to crackdowns on illegal immigrants, as localities nationwide
grapple with how to handle their status.

The lawsuit claims undercover police in Danbury, Connecticut, lured the workers into a van by posing as contractors looking for day laborers.

"He offered us work and we took it," plaintiff Juan Barrera told a news conference, referring to an undercover police officer. "We didn't know why, but they immediately arrested us and put us in handcuffs. We didn't know what was going on.

"They treated me like a violent criminal and all I was trying to do was find work," Barrera added.

After their 2006 arrest in a sting set up by local and federal authorities, the men were handed over to federal agents, held without charge for days or weeks, then transported to detention centers before being released on bond, court documents said.

The plaintiffs, represented by Yale University law students, claim the U.S. Constitution protects the civil rights of all people in the United States. The attorneys would not discuss their clients' immigration status or their countries of origin.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton vowed to defend the city.
Boughton, a Republican, is a well-known crusader against illegal immigration. Two years ago, he wanted Connecticut State Police find illegal workers and turn them over to the U.S. immigration agency for deportation. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell rejected the request.

Um, I highlighted the sentence above to illustrate something. How can you sue the US or an American city for violating your rights, when you are not a citizen to begin with? Am I missing something here? Illegal "immigrants" are not entitled to rights granted by the US Constitution because... They are not American citizens! The same can be said for Detainees at the Guantanamo Detainee Base. They are not US citizens. Unless you are born or naturalized into this country (for those of you that don't know what that means, you become an American citizen LEGALLY), you do not enjoy the privilege of American rights. I think the only exception to that is, if you join the US military as an immigrant, but I think you still have to have a valid visa. Why do people seem to think that anyone who comes to this country enjoys the rights of an average American when they are breaking the law to begin with?

You are subject to American law however. If you break the law in America, you are subject to due process of the American legal system. So, if you went to Mexico, illegally and broke the law, does that mean that 1) you have the rights of a Mexican citizen? and 2) Are you tried under American law or Mexican? well, Alex, you do not have Mexican rights simply by virtue of traveling to Mexico. However, if you break the law in Mexico, you are subject to Mexican jurisprudence. Get it? Once more I smell the idiocy of some twit that seems to think (ACLU anyone?) that anyone is entitled to "rights" under American law.

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