Rodriguez Macareno v. Thomas

This court case is completed

ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief in support of Northwest Immigrant Right Project’s (NWIRP) lawsuit, Rodriguez Macareno v. Thomas. Mr. Rodriguez Macareno called the police because someone had jumped his fence at 4am. The Tukwila Police Department arrived, warned the trespasser—and then arrested Mr. Rodriguez Macareno, the victim, because they ran his name through a database and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) listed him as having an administrative “warrant.” They then arrested him and took him directly to ICE. Our brief explains that police departments that engage in this type of immigration enforcement violate both the federal Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and the Washington Constitution’s prohibition on warrantless arrests.