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Advocacy Groups Suing ICE For Mass Raid In Tennessee, Claiming They Violated Workers’ Constitutional Rights

Last year, we reported about a massive immigration raid that took place at a slaughterhouse in the small town of Bean Station in Tennessee. The raid, conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was poignant because many of the detained workers lived in Bean Station with their families. The entire community was affected by this raid. The town rallied to help these families and children as one, or both parents, had been taken in by ICE. Today advocates of these people say this action by immigration was wrong and are taking legal action against them.

Two advocacy groups and a law firm are suing ICE alleging that they violated the constitutional rights of the workers in Bean Station, Tennessee.

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The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the law firm of Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison announced that they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven workers that were detained on April 2018 at the meat processing plant.

According to SPLC, the raid in Bean Station was the first large workplace immigration raid in nearly a decad. ICE detained approximately 100 Latino workers, “violating their rights against illegal seizures and to equal protection under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

“When a raid of this scale happens in our communities, it’s like a bomb goes off,” Stephanie Teatro, executive co-director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, said according to NBC News.

In the aftermath of the raid an estimated 600 children didn’t go to school on the following day either because their parent had been detained, or they were fearful of what could happen to them.

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“I have lived in Tennessee for 12 years. This is my home. My family is here. My friends are here. I have land here. This is where my dreams have taken root,” Isabel Zelaya, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said in a press release. “On the morning of the raid, I was working at my normal station in the processing area when armed officers entered the plant. As the officers lined us up, I offered to show them my documentation to work in this country, but they handcuffed me anyway, detained me, and took me to the armory. After several hours, I was finally released. I am part of this lawsuit because I want justice for myself and my coworkers who were denied our constitutional rights, as well as our humanity.”

Out of the 97 people that were detained that day, 40 have since been released on bond, five are in federal custody, six have already been deported, and 12 left the country voluntarily.

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The SPLC reports that ICE agents detained every “worker who looked Latino in the plant without regard to citizenship or documentation,” which is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Furthermore, white workers at the plant weren’t questioned or harassed at all.

“Many workers weren’t asked about documentation until hours into the raid. By then, many had already been traumatized, handcuffed, and denied communication with attorneys or family members — or access to sanitary facilities or critical medication — and taken to a holding facility.”

“What happened in East Tennessee was law enforcement overreach, plain and simple, Meredith Stewart, senior supervising attorney for the SPLC, said. “We as a nation have a shared set of ideals, rooted in the Bill of Rights: we have a right to be free from racial profiling and unlawful arrests. If we are not willing to uphold those ideals for everyone in this country, then we are all at risk of losing our rights. We look forward to our clients having their day in court.”

ICE told NBC News that they conducted themselves “in full compliance with federal law and agency policy.”

READ: ICE Arrested 97 Undocumented Immigrants In A Massive Raid On A Tennessee Meatpacking Plant

Here's Why Some Green New Deal Opponents Claim AOC Is Anti-Environment

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Here’s Why Some Green New Deal Opponents Claim AOC Is Anti-Environment

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the Green New Deal proposal, which only happened by chance. It’s a role she came across serendipitously when she saw a group of environmental advocates demonstrating in a sit-in in the hall of the House of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez’s roots are in protests and demonstrations so she listened to the protesters and just like that she became their most visible cheerleader.

A news outlet called out Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to say that she’s allegedly not leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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The New York Post had someone compiling the recipients on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. They first plastered her words on the environment in which she discussed the dire environmental reports that say doomsday is upon us (in like 12 years). She also recently said people should question the idea of having children if there’s no suitable place for them to live — and conservatives lost it on that one.

So the Post tallied up her usage of taking cars instead of public transportation.

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The New York Post went on to detail every time she has used a car service and compared it to her subway rides. “Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustion-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office. She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone. In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train. The campaign shelled out only $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded honestly by saying that just because she uses a car service, airplanes, and an AC unit doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to create a better future.

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“I also fly ✈️ & use A/C Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy.”

AOC is pushing the Green New Deal to combat climate change and has faced opposition from all sides.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity right now. Scientists have warned that we have just 12 years to change course before we witness more catastrophic events and reach a point of no return when it comes to devastating damage to the planet. The Pentagon has announced that climate change is also one of the greatest threats to national security.

According to a report, a mere increase in the average temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius could bring catastrophic consequences to human life. Some of the consequences include deadly heat waves, massive water shortages, and devastating coastal flooding.

AOC’s Green New Deal is a major piece of legislation aimed at curbing the ever developing climate change crisis.

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AOC has stayed committed to her fight to curb climate change since she was running for office in the 2018 elections and is not slowing down. Her determination to pass the legislation has caused strife within the Democratic party as senior and freshman members clash over the piece of legislation. The New York Post is the latest attack on the congresswoman and her attempt to answer to one of the nation’s most immediate threats.

READ: The Green New Deal Is What Everyone In Politics Is Talking About. Here’s What It’s All About

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