NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has ordered settlement talks in a civil rights lawsuit brought by a U.S. citizen who was held on an immigration detainer while officials investigated whether she was in the country illegally.

Ada Morales is suing Rhode Island and federal officials over her detention in 2009. She is a naturalized citizen born in Guatemala and says the detention was solely based on her national origin and Hispanic last name.

The federal government has said it happened because Morales gave them her married name, not the name on her naturalization certificate.

A federal judge earlier found that her Fourth Amendment rights protecting her from unreasonable searches and seizures were violated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond this month ordered the sides to meet June 5 for a settlement conference.

 

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