HARTFORD, Conn. – Eleven men who claimed immigration agents violated their rights in 2007 raids on their New Haven neighborhood have won a $350,000 settlement from the U.S. government, which also agreed to halt deportation proceedings against the plaintiffs, their attorneys said Tuesday.Settling to "avoid the time and expense of litigating? But isn't that why we have all of those federal prosecutors? Do we drop murder charges and offer cash to those charged because it's a hassle to prosecute them (and because they might not vote Democrat if they aren't sucked up to shamelessly)?
The raids on the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Fair Haven came a day after the city became the first to offer identification cards to illegal immigrants, and critics including the mayor have contended the federal sweep was retaliation for the ID program -- a charge denied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The settlement appears to be the largest ever paid by the United States in a lawsuit over residential immigration raids, and the first to include compensation as well as immigration relief, according to Mark Pedulla, a Yale law student who was involved in representing the plaintiffs.
"They hope to be able to offer an example of what can happen when you stand up for your rights," Pedulla said.
"The government is settling in order to avoid the additional time and expense of further litigation," Feinstein said.
Read the rest at the link. I'm going to go mourn for my country's lost sovereignty for a while. Then I'm going to look up the cost of renting a truck and driving up to Connnecticut to round up those illegals so I can deliver them to the border myself. If the federal government's not going to do it's job, someone's going to have to.