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US settles suit over '07 Conn. immigration raids

US to pay $350,000 to settle lawsuit over 2007 immigration sweep in New Haven, Conn. By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Attorneys for 11 men arrested in immigration raids in Connecticut more than four years ago say the U.S. government has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit.

The attorneys say deportation proceedings against the plaintiffs also will be halted under the agreement announced Tuesday.

Mark Pedulla of a Yale Law School clinic that's involved in the case says the settlement appears to be the largest paid by the U.S. in such a lawsuit.

The plaintiffs alleged federal agents invaded their homes in a predominantly Latino New Haven neighborhood without warrants in June 2007. They argued the raids were retaliation for the mayor's plan to offer identification cards to all city residents regardless of immigration status.

A message seeking comment was left with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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