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    April 8, 2009
    Immigration Raid at Customs Officer’s Home Leads to Suit
    By SOLOMON MOORE
    James and Sheila Slaughter said that when they answered the door of their home in San Luis, Ariz., on a July afternoon last year, they were surprised to find five armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers strapped into bulky bulletproof vests accusing them of harboring an illegal immigrant.

    “Is this ‘Candid Camera’?” Mrs. Slaughter recalled asking.

    That irritated the lead officer, her husband said Tuesday. “He said: ‘No, it isn’t “Candid Camera.” You need to step back into the middle of the room.’ ”

    The couple said they complied, and the officers prepared to search their home. Mr. Slaughter, a six-foot, 285-pound former Marine, said he then told them, “Look fellas, do you guys realize that I’m a U.S. Customs K-9 officer at the San Luis land port?”

    “The lead officer’s eyes got about as big and round as silver dollars, and the three guys who were standing just inside the door went straight outside,” said Mr. Slaughter, 51, who with a Labrador retriever, Whitey, searches cars at the Mexican border for narcotics. “They left without saying a word. They knew they messed up.”

    The Slaughters recently filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Phoenix accusing the Department of Homeland Security of violating their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. They are seeking $500,000 from each of the five officers.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Arizona and Washington said they could not discuss pending litigation.

    Mr. Slaughter, whose family lives on East 26th Street, said he learned later that the illegal immigrant sought by the officers lived on East 26th Place. He recognized the immigrant’s name from junk mail that accidentally came to the Slaughter home.

    The officers, Mr. Slaughter said, should have checked the name on property records, “or they could have watched me walk out of my house every day wearing my uniform.”

    “They bullied their way into my house — the same organization that I work for, doing 16-hour shifts,” Mr. Slaughter said. “I bleed red, white and blue. I serve my country, and then they do this to me?”

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    April 8, 2009
    Immigration Raid at Customs Officer’s Home Leads to Suit
    By SOLOMON MOORE
    James and Sheila Slaughter said that when they answered the door of their home in San Luis, Ariz., on a July afternoon last year, they were surprised to find five armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers strapped into bulky bulletproof vests accusing them of harboring an illegal immigrant.

    “Is this ‘Candid Camera’?” Mrs. Slaughter recalled asking.

    That irritated the lead officer, her husband said Tuesday. “He said: ‘No, it isn’t “Candid Camera.” You need to step back into the middle of the room.’ ”

    The couple said they complied, and the officers prepared to search their home. Mr. Slaughter, a six-foot, 285-pound former Marine, said he then told them, “Look fellas, do you guys realize that I’m a U.S. Customs K-9 officer at the San Luis land port?”

    “The lead officer’s eyes got about as big and round as silver dollars, and the three guys who were standing just inside the door went straight outside,” said Mr. Slaughter, 51, who with a Labrador retriever, Whitey, searches cars at the Mexican border for narcotics. “They left without saying a word. They knew they messed up.”

    The Slaughters recently filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Phoenix accusing the Department of Homeland Security of violating their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. They are seeking $500,000 from each of the five officers.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Arizona and Washington said they could not discuss pending litigation.

    Mr. Slaughter, whose family lives on East 26th Street, said he learned later that the illegal immigrant sought by the officers lived on East 26th Place. He recognized the immigrant’s name from junk mail that accidentally came to the Slaughter home.

    The officers, Mr. Slaughter said, should have checked the name on property records, “or they could have watched me walk out of my house every day wearing my uniform.”

    “They bullied their way into my house — the same organization that I work for, doing 16-hour shifts,” Mr. Slaughter said. “I bleed red, white and blue. I serve my country, and then they do this to me?”

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    • #3
      This article was posted in the Immigration Articles thread yesterday.

      http://discuss.ilw.com/eve/for...=823105251#823105251

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      • #4
        He will not get anything as the officers were acting reasonably and made a minor error. No harm was done. Sounds like he is trying to win the lawsuit lottery.

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        • #5
          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by federale86:
          He will not get anything as the officers were acting reasonably and made a minor error. No harm was done. Sounds like he is trying to win the lawsuit lottery. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

          The law suit is justified. Just more proof that at USCIS the left doesn't know what the right hand is doing. That is bad, bad, bad!!
          “...I may condemn what you say, but I will give my life for that you may say it”! - Voltaire

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          • #6
            "The law suit is justified. Just more proof that at USCIS the left doesn't know what the right hand is doing. That is bad, bad, bad!!"

            If only you were smart enough to know that USCIS was not involved in this at all.

            Also, if you were smart enough, you would know that to have a civil action, you must have a tort. There is not tort here. ICE knocked on the door, interviewed the inhabitants, then left when they realized that they had the wrong address. They did not assault anyone, they did not detain anyone, nothing happened. Therefore there is no tort.

            You hate USCIS so much, it is affecting your reasoning.

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            • #7
              Either way, it's bad for ICE and the DHS. Very embarrassing I think. Certainly lends weight to the argument some say that ICE isn't doing their job right. The Bush Wild West days are gone.
              "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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              • #8
                Bad PR, but a minor story. When that guy lies during his lawsuit, then he will be fired. So, good riddance to disloyal trash.

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                • #9
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by federale86:
                  "The law suit is justified. Just more proof that at USCIS the left doesn't know what the right hand is doing. That is bad, bad, bad!!"

                  If only you were smart enough to know that USCIS was not involved in this at all.

                  Also, if you were smart enough, you would know that to have a civil action, you must have a tort. There is not tort here. ICE knocked on the door, interviewed the inhabitants, then left when they realized that they had the wrong address. They did not assault anyone, they did not detain anyone, nothing happened. Therefore there is no tort.

                  You hate USCIS so much, it is affecting your reasoning. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  Federale, where would we be without our emotions? You do have emotions, don't you? I can sometimes tell you don't like me and see you cranking out stuff that is unreasonable also.

                  Are you perhaps human too?
                  “...I may condemn what you say, but I will give my life for that you may say it”! - Voltaire

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                  • #10
                    Shut up you druggie !!! Your perspective is not Welcome !!!

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                    • #11
                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SonofMicheal:
                      Shut up you druggie !!! Your perspective is not Welcome !!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                      ...and just who are you to make statements such as this? You know nothing of me, my horizon, my education, my intellegence, or my perspective.

                      YOU KNOW NOTHING - SHUT UP!!
                      “...I may condemn what you say, but I will give my life for that you may say it”! - Voltaire

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                      • #12
                        Human, but not perfect like you. However, I got nothing against you. Just I have alot more knowledge of immigration law than you.

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