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ACLU Wants Info on Ban

ACLU Wants Info on Ban

We are a nation of laws, and this administration cannot pick and choose which ones they feel like following' -- ACLU lawyer Eliza Bechtold

NM, 48 other ACLU Affiliates File FOIAs


The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, along with 48 other state ACLU affiliate, wants to know whether border agents are enforcing Donald Trump’s ban on certain immigrants despite federal court orders blocking its implementation.

“If local CBP offices are continuing to enforce President Trump’s immoral and un-American immigration ban in defiance of the court’s order halting its implementation, we need to know about it,” said ACLU of New Mexico Legal Director Eliza Bechtold. “We are a nation of laws, and this administration cannot pick and choose which ones they feel like following.”

The ACLU chapters filed Freedom of Information Act requests to learn how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s immigration ban. The filings were coordinated among49 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning 55 international airports across the country.

Media reports indicate that Customs and Border Patrol officials detained and deported people even after federal courts ordered officials to stop enforcing the executive order following a court challenge from the ACLU and other organizations.


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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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