FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates
For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2017
WASHINGTON—The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president's immigration ban, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban's implementation. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from 50 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning 55 international airports across the country.
"Hoosiers from across the state have expressed deep concern over the president's executive order. They want to know how the order is being implemented in our local airports and whether it is consistent with the Constitution and recent federal court orders," said Jane Henegar, executive director for the ACLU of Indiana.
Media reports indicate that CBP officials detained and deported individuals, even after federal courts ordered officials to stop enforcing the executive order following a court challenge from the ACLU and other organizations.
"It is imperative that the public learn if federal immigration officials are blatantly defying nationwide federal court orders that block President Trump's unconstitutional immigration ban," said Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. "To shed light on this critical issue of pressing public concern, 49 ACLU affiliates are using the Freedom of Information Act to expose Customs and Border Protection's abuse of power."
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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS—Groups that fight against discrimination and stand up for the rights and protections of all individuals, including the ACLU of Indiana, Brothers United of Indianapolis, Sisters United of Indianapolis, Freedom Indiana, and Indiana Youth Group, came together today and spoke in solidarity against the Trump administration's rescission, yesterday, of Title IX guidelines issued by President Obama in May of 2016.
"We are deeply disappointed by the Trump administration's decision to roll back guidance that simply urges schools to treat transgender students with the same respect and dignity as their classmates," said Kit Malone, Transgender Education and Advocacy Program Consultant, ACLU of Indiana. "Transgender students face discrimination in schools and experience worse educational outcomes, and poorer psychological well-being, than their peers. We should be fighting to protect our nation's children instead of turning our backs on them."
The day before President Trump took office, the ACLU took our first action against this new administration by filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents related to the new President's potential conflicts of interest. This first legal action is part of the ACLU's 7-Point Plan of Action to fight back against the Trump administration when it seeks to violate the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero has shared the 7-Point Plan of Action in his blog.
The plan is supported by our new Constitution Defense Fund, established after the election, to provide the manpower and resources necessary to take on the most powerful government on earth.
Since Election Day, the ACLU has seen a renewed sense of urgency from hundreds of thousands of Americans to protect civil liberties.
Since the election we've received a tremendous outpouring of support, and we want you to know we are working diligently to address everyone's concerns. As we gather this season around holiday tables, we can all be ready to have a civil discussion about our concerns and what actions we can take. Here are some resources to help you.