A former attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency faces criminal charges over allegations he forged documents to make it look like a Mexican construction worker living in the country was ineligible to seek legal resident status. Jonathan Love has been charged in a federal court in Seattle, Fox News and the Associated Press reported.
Love, who is no longer employed by ICE as a result of the forgery allegation dating back to 2009, was charged with misdemeanor deprivation of rights. He was expected to make his first appearance in court Friday.
Ignacio Lanuza , the immigrant, filed a $500,000 civil suit against the immigration agency and against Love, the Seattle Times reported. The civil case was recently dismissed, but the criminal case against Love and the agency continues.
The forgery charge comes as immigrant rights activists condemned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s immigration raids that commenced at the start of the new year. Immigration enforcement officials arrested more than 120 undocumented people over two days, in an operation targeting Central American families who came to the country illegally after 2014 and had already received deportation orders.