Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are not immune from lawsuits brought on constitutional grounds.
That was the ruling from a federal judge who dismissed the government's argument to the contrary.
Eleven suspected immigrants who ICE agents picked up in New Haven during a raid in June 2007 filed the lawsuit.
U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill refused to dismiss the charges pending against ICE agents and their supervisors and the federal ruling on Thursday will allow that civil rights lawsuit to move forward.
Lawyers for the men told the New Haven Register the ruling has far reaching implications.
An ICE spokesperson said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.