Through his attorney, Amin has denied any wrongdoing. A federal criminal investigation is ongoing.
Under the direction of former President Donald Trump, ICE deported at least six women alleged to have been guilty of misconduct by Amin last year, and arrived within hours of the deportation of at least three other women before their lawyers intervened.
“These women supported, organized and fought continually to bring the truth to light, despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to silence them,” said Elora Mukherjee, professor at Columbia Law School and one of the lawyers the women.
The deportation of potential witnesses is suspended by court order, even after ICE attempts to withdraw its support for a court settlement originally reached by the Justice Department.
In a class action lawsuit filed in December, 41 women filed statements about Amin’s alleged wrongdoing. This lawsuit is pending. Many of the women had been deported or released from immigration detention after the allegations first surfaced in September.
ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The agency previously refused to deport women to prevent them from giving evidence and promised to cooperate in any investigation. It has also said it will prioritize providing necessary medical care to all detainees.
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