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Ohio Sheriff Agrees to Pay $100,000 After Illegal Immigration Raid

Richard Jones, the Sherriff of Butler County, Ohio has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit surrounding an immigration raid conducted by his deputies in 2007.

Luis Roberto Rodriguez Trevino, an undocumented Mexican national, was doing construction work in Butler County on January 2, 2007, when two Butler County on January 2, 2007, when two Butler County Sheriff’s deputies entered Trevino’s worksite demanding proof immigration status from the Hispanic workers that were present.

The deputies, however, were not authorized to enforce federal immigration law. The deputies did not give Miranda warnings to anyone.

Trevino was arrested and charged with felony forgery based on his production of an Ohio driver’s license, resident alien card, and social security card, the latter two of which Trevino admitted were fake. Trevino was ultimately acquitted of the forgery charges, but federal immigration officials took custody of him and initiated deportation proceedings.

Trevino sued claiming violations of his constitutional rights. The Sheriff agreed to settle the case for $100,000. Trevino was represented by Alphonse Gerhardstein of Cincinnati, Ohio.

See: Trevino v. Jones, No. 1:08-CV-339 (S.D. Ohio 2010).

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