TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 21, 2019
Seven former slaughterhouse workers have sued the Trump administration, claiming violation of their civil rights in last year's immigration raid on an East Tennessee meat-packing plant, Knoxnews reports. The lawsuit, filed today in U.S. District Court, names nine agents of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as defendants, saying they cursed, shoved and punched unarmed workers during one of the largest workplace raids in recent history. Agents of ICE and the IRS raided the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant in Bean Station in April and rounded up 97 undocumented immigrants. No agent asked anyone about their immigration status until after handcuffing them, and at least one worker had legal immigration status but was handcuffed and held for more than two hours, even after he produced his papers, according to the lawsuit.