Somalian Refugees File Lawsuit Against Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Citing 1st Amendment Violations

Along with the help of Americans for Immigrant Justice and Muslim Advocates, two national civil rights organizations fighting for equality, a group of 20 Somalian refugees are suing the State of Florida and national Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for what they deem to be violations of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution while being detained by Donald Trumps Government over the course of the last 15 months. Officially filed in a Florida District Court room yesterday, February 27th 2019, the 32 page lawsuit alleges that, ever since being detained more than one year ago today, ICE officials have prevented the Somalian detainees from freely being able to “practice their faith in various ways” – acts which constitute a clear violation of the Constitution.

According to a joint statement from both the groups representing the Somalian immigrants, the lawsuit hopes to “ensure that, going forward, Glades County, Florida is going to treat Muslim detainees and detainees of all faiths respectfully.” Adding that “It’s important to us that ICE take the protection of immigration detainees seriously and that it actually enforce its detention standards.” According to a separate report from The Intercept yesterday, “the lawsuit is just the latest development in a nearly 15-month-old saga for a group of Somalis whom ICE tried, and failed, to deport in December 2017.” Explaining how “their deportation flight to Somalia was interrupted by a technical problem with the airplane; after spending more than 24 hours in shackles on a runway in Dakar, Senegal, they were brought back to the United States” – where they have continued to remain detained ever since.

Official Copy of Lawsuit:

Abdulkadir-v-Hardin-2-27-19