Saturday, October 19, 2019
Injured New Orleans Immigrant Worker Detained After Filing Lawsuit For Injuries in Hard Rock Hotel Collapse
News from New Orleans. U.S. immigration authorities have detained one of the workers injured in the deadly collapse October 12 of the unfinished Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. According to his attorneys, the worker was arrested after he spoke with a television station. Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, a native of Honduras, is one of five laborers who filed a lawsuit at Orleans Parish Civil District Court seeking damages for personal injuries in the construction accident. They sued a variety of defendants, alleging that the collapse was caused by inadequate materials and supports.
Ramirez was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East on Monday, two days after the building collapse. A Border Patrol spokeswoman said that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents had summoned officers to arrest Ramirez after spotting him fishing without a license.