- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused immigration agents of abusing a Hispanic woman and her son in Grand Rapids.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. said Friday it’s a “small fraction” of the amount originally sought by Telma and Luis Valdez.

Luis Valdez is a U.S. citizen, and Telma Veldez is a permanent resident. They say agents drew guns, handcuffed them and interrogated them when they arrived in a car to see a relative’s dog in 2011.

Many of the allegations were disputed. A judge in November ruled in favor of the government and dismissed Luis Valdez’ claims, leaving only some by his mother.

Miriam Aukerman, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, says “justice and equality prevailed” in the settlement.



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