The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri has launched a lawsuit in opposition to two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) brokers over the alleged assault of an immigration legal professional featured in Netflix’s new collection Living Undocumented.
In the Netflix collection, which was produced by Selena Gomez and appears on the real-life impacts of the Trump administration’s hardline immigration insurance policies, immigration lawyer Andrea Martinez will be seen making an attempt to accompany her consumer, a 3-year-old little one from Honduras, to be reunited together with his mom at an ICE workplace in Kansas City earlier than the pair’s scheduled deportation.
An ICE agent seems to permit Martinez to observe her consumer till the second they attain the entrance door of the constructing.
That’s when the agent and a second employee seem to dam the lawyer from getting into the doorway, earlier than pushing her and inflicting her to fall on the bottom.
A visibly shocked Martinez struggles to rise up from the bottom, earlier than telling a colleague, who helps her up: “They tricked us,” because the agent disappears inside with the kid.
Later on, the agent returns to permit Martinez inside. With Netflix’s cameras barred from getting into the ICE facility, it’s unclear precisely what takes place throughout the workplace.
However, when she exits, it’s on a stretcher, with the lawyer claiming to have been left with a fractured foot and lacerations on her knee and leg on account of her altercation with the 2 ICE staff.
On Thursday, ACLU Missouri announced that it had filed a lawsuit in opposition to ICE over the incident, suing the 2 staff concerned within the altercation on behalf of Martinez, who the group stated had been “cruelly mistreated by ICE agents.”
“Martinez was attempting to accompany her three-year-old client into an ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Facility so that he could be reunited with his pregnant mother—who is also Martinez’s client—before both would be deported to Honduras,” ACLU Missouri stated.
Instead, the group stated: “ICE agents forcibly separated Martinez from her client, ultimately fracturing her foot.”
ACLU Missouri additionally stated that “the pregnant mother and toddler were deported without any of their belongings” following the incident.
In an interview with Vulture, Martinez stated the lawsuit was about “standing up to ICE, not only for myself being personally bullied, but because if I didn’t sue, ICE would just get away with it.”
“They get away with too much as it is. They hurt people. They abuse immigrants. They mistreat immigrants, and they just expect they’re not going to be sued because immigrants are vulnerable and they’re probably going to get deported before there’s ever a lawsuit able to be filed,” she stated. “We tell our children to stand up to bullies, and that’s what I’m doing through this lawsuit. My bully just happens to be the United States of America.”
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