Federal judge rules Arizona deputies violated civil rights during 2009 immigration raid

A federal judge recently ruled that deputies in Arizona violated the civil rights of two men while trying to enforce immigration laws.

According to The Associated Press, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department conducts raids at workplaces in the Phoenix area in an attempt to enforce immigration policies.

During one such raid in February 2009, authorities stopped the vehicle of Julian and Julio Mora, who are both Hispanic. U.S. District Judge David Campbell recently ruled that the deputies had no reason to believe that the men had committed any sort of crime or violation.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Moras.

“For far too long, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies have carried out these worksite raids in total disregard for people’s constitutional rights,” ACLU Staff Attorney Annie Lai said in a statement. “Today’s decision should provide some comfort to citizens of Maricopa County that [the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] is not above the law.”

Fox News reports that the Moras are father and son and that they were detained for three hours.