The Washington Times - August 8, 2011, 06:58PM

Lawyers have filed federal suit in Maryland arguing federal immigration officers violated the rights of two families during a 2008 raid in Annapolis, according to advocacy group Casa de Maryland.

The suit, Alvarado et al. v. United States, was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland and argues, in part, that armed officers entered the homes without consent or a valid warrant and made the family members answer questions and sign papers in a language they don’t understand.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Anne Arundel County police officers conducted the predawn raid June 30, 2008, on the offices of the Annapolis Painting Company and at least 10 homes said to be owned by the company. Roughly 45 suspected illegal immigrants were detained.