The Fourth Amendment strictly prohibits warrantless intrusions into private homes and the Constitution’s protections apply to both citizens and non-citizens alike. In the absence of a judicially authorized warrant, there must be voluntary and knowing consent; ICE officers forcing themselves into someone's home does not constitute consent.
In October 2011, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and ACLU of Tennessee filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of fifteen residents of the apartment complex who were subjected to the raid by ICE agents and Metro Nashville police officers. Among the plaintiffs are U.S. citizens, including a child detained and interrogated while playing soccer on the playground simply because of the color of his skin. The litigation is ongoing. In addition to the ACLU, the plaintiffs are represented by Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd., Elliot Ozment, and Andrew Free.