Rogue Immigration Enforcement

Immigrant Rights

Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has issued letters to five Attorneys General urging them to reassess the legal options that are available to stop the reckless transportation of migrants into their respective jurisdictions, particularly under circumstances that endanger health and safety. The letters were directed at California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC — all epicenters of the ongoing busing crisis.

LCR’s letters specifically call attention to the recent ruling in Boston permitting the Martha’s Vineyard migrants to proceed in federal court against the private plane company: Vertol Systems Company, Inc. The letters highlight the court’s disapproval of rogue actors engaging in shadow immigration enforcement:

Vertol and the other Defendants here were not legitimately enforcing any
immigration laws…. Unlike ICE agents legitimately enforcing the country’s
immigration laws, the Court sees no legitimate purpose for rounding up highly
vulnerable individuals on false pretenses and publicly injecting them into a divisive
national debate. Treating vulnerable individuals like Plaintiffs in this way… is
nothing short of extreme, outrageous, uncivilized, intolerable, and stunning.

LCR’s case on behalf of the Martha’s Vineyard migrants has secured the first victory of its kind in a matter concerning the transportation of migrants across state lines.

The letters are available here:




New York

Washington, DC