Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU seeks release of federal prison inmates where 5 died

Apr. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

A class-action lawsuit filed Monday seeks the release of hundreds of high-risk inmates at a federal lockup in Louisiana where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of five prisoners and infected nearly two dozen others. The American Civil Liberties Union claims Attorney General William Barr did not go far enough...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif.  Pressure is mounting on the Trump administration to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has already tested positive for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges

Mar. 25, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus. The U.S. holds...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US Justice Department: Don't treat trans athletes as girls

Mar. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing...

Court issues ruling to block bail bond rule in Nashville

Mar. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal court has temporarily blocked a Tennessee court rule that says people who have been jailed can't get their bail deposit back when their case is finished until court costs and other fees are paid. The initial ruling applies to cases in which the Nashville Community Bail...

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Groups: Release immigrant detainees at high coronavirus risk

Mar. 10, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights groups want U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release detainees at its Washington state jail who are at high risk from the coronavirus. In a letter sent to ICE late Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and...

A man wearing a face mask speaks on his cellphone, in downtown Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 2, 2020. A member of a council that advises Iran's supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo Vahid Salemi)

The Latest: Outbreak of virus continues to wane in China

Mar. 2, 2020 7:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the new coronavirus outbreak (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The outbreak continues to wane in China, where the virus was first detected in December. The health ministry on Tuesday announced just 125 new cases of the virus detected over the past 24 hours, the lowest number since...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State Address, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Second lawsuit filed against Tennessee's school voucher law

Mar. 2, 2020 2:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's much-debated school voucher program is facing a second legal challenge from opponents echoing previous concerns that the program illegally diverts public tax dollars to private schools. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed the complaint Monday on the...

A father, in white, holds the hand of his daughter as they and other asylum seekers leave court under guard after some of them learned that they won't have to return to Mexico in light of a major federal court ruling against the Trump administration on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that sending asylum seekers to wait in Mexico is illegal nationwide. The ruling came during the asylum testimony of one family in the group being put into the van. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Court halts Trump asylum policy, then suspends its own order

Feb. 29, 2020 9:28 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Trump administration immigration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts was blocked and then reinstated by a court in the matter of hours, creating chaos at border crossings, courtrooms and legal offices. A three-judge panel of...