Zelaya, et al. v. Hammer, et al.

ICE Raid Violated Tennessee Workers’ Constitutional Rights


Zelaya, et al. v. Hammer, et al.


Briefs, Memos, and Orders Filed with/Issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Knoxville Division (from latest to earliest):

  • Third Amended Complaint (filed 8/13/19, PDF). “The U.S. Constitution protects individuals from this kind of law enforcement overreach. The law is clear that seizures based entirely on race or ethnicity; seizures that are overly intrusive, without authority, or prolonged; arrests without probable cause; and the use of excessive force are prohibited by the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Officers of the IRS, ICE, HSI, ERO, CBP, and THP conspired to plan and execute the forceful, prolonged, and unlawful seizure of the Plant’s Latino workforce solely on the basis of their race or ethnicity, and without reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or other lawful authority.”
  • Complaint (filed 2/21/19, PDF). “Plaintiffs are Latinos who were working in the plant the day of the raid. They bring this action, individually and on behalf of themselves and a class of similarly situated workers, to vindicate their rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and monetary relief against the individual Defendants for violations of their clearly established constitutional rights the day of the raid.” | Exhibit 1: IRS Search Warrant (PDF) | Exhibit 2: Affidavit in Support of a Search Warrant (PDF)

NEWS RELEASES
Telephonic Press Conference (recording): Lawsuit Alleges ICE Agents Violated Workers’ Constitutional Rights Against Racial Profiling and Illegal Seizure (2/21/19)
News Release: Lawsuit Alleges ICE Agents Violated Workers’ Constitutional Rights Against Racial Profiling and Illegal Seizure (2/21/19)