ICE, DHS, and Vermont DMV Retaliating Against Activist Immigrant Leaders
Migrant Justice, et al. v. Nielsen, et al.
Briefs, Memos, and Orders Filed with/Issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont (from latest to earliest):
- First Amended Complaint (filed 2/7/19, PDF). Among the amendments made to the complaint were the following: It now (1) describes an additional instance of ICE targeting a Migrant Justice member; (2) provides a description of Migrant Justice found in an internal ICE report that takes notice of Migrant Justice’s strong advocacy and vocal activism; and (3) updates the complaint’s section about ICE’s nationwide pattern of targeting activists, highlighting its targeting of activist Eduardo Samaniego, including his detention, denial of bond, and forced “voluntary” departure.
- Complaint (filed 11/14/18, PDF). “ICE’s actions have chilled and continue to chill Migrant Justice’s ability to organize and advocate for migrant workers. … ICE has also frustrated Migrant Justice’s ability to advocate for fair labor practices and economic justice. … [N]ot only has ICE chilled [individual plaintiffs’] … speech and interfered with their association, but ICE’s surveillance, harassment, arrest, and detention of them has caused and continues to cause them significant emotional distress. … Plaintiffs seek injunctive and declaratory relief to end defendants’ unlawful and discriminatory practices, as well as monetary damages against the United States.”