Immigration Arrest At Montana Court Was Illegal, Judge Says

By Dani Kass (May 30, 2019, 9:11 PM EDT) -- A Montana justice of the peace and a sheriff's deputy violated the Fourth Amendment when they arrested a man at a courthouse based on a third party's allegations that he had entered the country illegally, a Montana federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters on Wednesday said Deputy Derrek Skinner needed "reasonable suspicion" that Miguel Angel Reynaga Hernandez was involved in criminal activity to arrest him. Instead, Skinner based his arrest on Reynaga's foreign ID, his lack of English, and testimony that he was in the country illegally — provided by a man Reynaga's wife was seeking court protection...

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