A new lawsuit filed Wednesday against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenges business raids conducted by the Arizona sheriff’s office that have led to the arrests of hundreds of immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to secure employment.
“We’ve finally come up with this lawsuit as a way to stop the raids,” Carlos Garcia, an organizer for Puente Arizona, one of several plaintiffs in the case, told msnbc. The suit alleges that state laws allowing Arpaio’s deputies to stage workplace raids in search of immigrants using fake or stolen IDs violate federal law.
Puente Arizona became involved in the case when families approached the organization seeking help, Garcia said. Those arrested face felony charges that could render them ineligible for any future relief from immigration reform, including a possible path to citizenship. As such, the plaintiffs who have been convicted of felonies are seeking to have their criminal records expunged.
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