Judge to Hear Arguments on Immigration Raid Lawsuit

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The battle over a federal immigration raid on a meatpacking plant moves to federal court Thursday.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, alleges the federal government violated workers' due process rights during the raids.

A total of nearly 1,300 people were arrested December 12 at Swift meat plants in six states in the raids. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said were part of a crackdown on an identity-theft scheme. The arrests included about 260 workers in Greeley.

Federal prosecutors have responded in court documents that workers were not forced to talk to immigration agents, and that those who were arrested were informed of their rights.