Danbury Laborers Fight Unjust Arrests

New York Times, November 10, 2014

One September day in 2006, the police in Danbury, Conn., and agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement did a deplorable thing. An undercover officer, posing as a contractor, picked up some day laborers at a local park, drove them to a nearby parking lot and handed them over to waiting ICE agents. The laborers, 11 men from Ecuador, have been fighting deportation ever since.

They argue that the arrests violated the Fourth Amendment. They say they were targets of the sting not because they were known to be violating any laws or to be criminal suspects, or for any other justifiable reason, but solely because they look Latino. {snip}

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected their plea in August, in a 2-to-1 vote. The majority noted that the Supreme Court had set a high bar for excluding evidence in civil deportation hearings because arguments over the admissibility of evidence would make such proceedings hopelessly long. {snip}

The immigrants, defended by the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School, are appealing, seeking a hearing from the full circuit court. The court should grant it.

It should heed arguments of the dissenting judge, Gerard Lynch, who deplored the majority’s refusal to accept that the arrests were fundamentally unfair. “I have little trouble concluding that ethnically based targeting of day laborers constitutes an ‘egregious’ constitutional violation,” he wrote. {snip}


Danbury is hardly alone in having a disgraceful record of police harassment of Latinos. In courtrooms across the country, day laborers have been fighting unjust loitering ordinances, ticketing blitzes and unconstitutional crackdowns like Danbury’s. Americans who deplore such abuses based on skin color, ethnicity or race should support their cause.

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  • NYT, conflict of interest much? That paper having been financially rescued at least twice in recent years by someone who makes money with every phone call between the United States and Mexico. You don’t think Carlos Slim has a direct investment in having as many Mexicans on both sides of the “border” as possible?

    Also, “deplorable” = Enforcing the law using undercover sting operations. Remember this when someone who is kinda like us gets strung up on one of these sting/entrapment operations; see if the NYT calls it deplorable.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The only thing “deplorable” about this case is that the invaders were arrested EIGHT YEARS AGO and still haven’t been deported thanks to frivolous suits from liberal lawyers.

      • archer

        Since when does the 4th amendment apply to non citizens. They should have been gone a long time ago.

  • D.B. Cooper

    The good thing is that the average young punk liberal doesn’t read any type of newspaper except for the National Enquirer. New York’s rag has succeeded in making you forget all about their former reporter. Here, let me remind you of what kind of newspaper you are dealing with.

    • JohnEngelman

      When the New York Times discovered what he was doing, he was fired.

      FOX News, by contrast fought and won a law suit protecting its right to lie.

      • D.B. Cooper

        If they had a clue, they wouldn’t have hired the quota to begin with.

        • JohnEngelman

          Because there is a considerable gap in average intelligence between blacks and whites, and because companies are under much pressure to hire more blacks, companies have to reach pretty low in the number of applicants to approach racial parity.

  • me

    Hats off to Danbury! Since when do ILLEGAL Ecuadorian squat monsters get to violate our immigration laws and use OUR Bill Of Rights–rights exclusive to the CITIZENS–to justify their breaking of our laws? This ‘article’/propaganda piece by the Jew York Slimes, is despicable.

    • WhiteVeinKratom

      That has been my biggest problem with all this “immigration” crap.
      They are ILLEGAL’s. They are NOT citizens. They should not be covered by OUR Bill of Rights!

  • There’s a large apartment complex full of these illegals a mile from where I live in little Boerne, Texas, just outside San Antonio. Who do I call to report them?

    I’ll tell you. Nobody. Nobody will do a damn thing. The whites in Texas are race traitors who want their trees trimmed for $1,500 instead of $2,500. It’s about greed on the part of white folks.

    I’m surprised the white race traitors in Danbury aren’t howling at having their yard man arrested. Until whites get over their laziness and cheapness, not much is going to be done.

    • phorning

      The arrests happened eight years ago. I’m sure the entire Danbury PD has undergone several rounds of sensitivity and diversity training since then. Notice the editorial claims the illegals have been fighting deportation ever since. Why would it take this long to get them out of the country, obviously they will never be forced to leave.

    • MBlanc46

      Indeed. The employer class is the principal culprit, but every one of my neighbors who has a Mexican lawn service is complicit.

  • JackKrak

    Can someone please ask Yale to comment on their apparent position in favor of illegal immigration?

  • IstvanIN

    They broke the law and they were caught, deport them. Should a mugger get off because a male cop was dressed like a woman to catch him? Should a drug dealer get of because a cop pretended to be a customer? This entire country is insane.

  • George Costanza

    “They argue that the arrests violated the Fourth Amendment.”

    yea.. this always happens when the neighborhood gang banger is “roughed up” by the cops, and all of a sudden he becomes a constitutional scholar… sick of it!

  • Ike Eichenberg

    I can see a bar for prosecuting illegals if you entrapped them into admitting they were illegal AND then found evidence of a crime such as a fake ID.

    But this is retarded to even consider that such conduct would prevent deportation.

    • John R

      If you are illegal, I have no sympathy. You are an invader in my country. You have no rights. Our rights are meant for American citizens, period. “Entrapment”? That’s crap! Use any means to get these invaders out of my country.

      • Ike Eichenberg

        You missed my point.

  • John R

    Let me see if I get this right: People in this country ILLEGALLY are fighting for their LEGAL rights? Hey, you don’t like the way police treat you? Go back where you came from!

  • Usually Much Calmer

    “They say they were targets of the sting not because they were known to
    be violating any laws or to be criminal suspects, or for any other
    justifiable reason, but solely because they look Latino.”

    No, plenty of people look Latino, they were arrested because they were soliciting employment for cash off the books, which is tax evasion. Where is Elliot Ness?

    • John R

      Yeah, how many people in New York DON’T “look Latino”? Very few. Unless they “look African American-o.”

  • JohnEngelman

    Excuse me. They were illegal, weren’t they?

    • Max

      Actually committing a crime is unimportant if there is an alien invader’s livelihood at stake.

  • JP Rushton

    Where in the Constitution that says that rights are given to South Americans?

    • Kit Ingoldby

      That bit written in invisible ink that only specially trained Judges can read. We can trust them to tell us what is in the invisible bits.

  • Tim

    Dudes!! You DON`T Look Latino. You look like Andean Indians…

  • WR_the_realist

    How deplorable that one of very, very few attempts at enforcing immigration law was made. How deplorable that the New York Times still considers itself to be the paper of record.

  • Max

    “Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School…”

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Why are they still here?