Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Man banished from Kansas in plea deal seeks to return

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was permanently banished from Kansas as a condition of his plea deal in a criminal case is seeking to return to the state with the help of an organization that says the punishment harkens back to "draconian penalties of Ancient Greece or the vigilante justice of the Old...

The Latest: Mexico 'does not agree' with new US asylum rule

Jul. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's new rule for Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says his country "does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum. That was a reference to...

ACLU: timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law

Jul. 12, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Timing threatens to stymie efforts to let the public vote on a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later after the state Supreme Court on Friday refused to intervene to force the state's top election official to act quickly. At issue is a push by the...

One boy's tale of family separation heads to court

Jul. 12, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BUDA, Texas (AP) — There were water balloons at Byron Xol's birthday party — bunches of them, filled a dozen at a time. He squeezed them with both hands, until the water burst on his face and chest. "Super good!" the 9-year-old yelled, again and again. It's a new catchphrase — but then, Byron...

The Latest: Immigration sweeps won't target storm evacuees

Jul. 11, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

The Latest on immigration raids (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Officials say migrant families who are evacuating due to Tropical Storm Barry will not be targeted during a nationwide immigration enforcement operation that could happen as soon as this weekend. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news...

Trump administration plans immigration enforcement operation

Jul. 11, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it's the best use of resources given the crisis at the border. The operation could happen as soon as...

The Latest: Civil rights groups celebrate census decision

Jul. 11, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the issue of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Civil rights groups say President Donald Trump's efforts to add a citizenship question to the census have sown fear and discord in vulnerable communities,...

ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed

Jul. 8, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An appellate court panel ruled Monday that the American Civil Liberties Union can soon begin collecting signatures that would put a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy to a public vote. A three-judge panel of the state's Court of Appeals found that GOP...

US to pursue citizenship question on census but path unclear

Jul. 5, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get the question on the form. Trump said his...

Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall

Jul. 4, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...