Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 12, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

Oct. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a...

California eases mandatory sentences, restricts body cameras

Oct. 9, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will soon end some mandatory sentences, make it easier to expunge old criminal records, bar charging inmates for medical care and ban police from using facial recognition software on body cameras under more than two dozen criminal justice bills that freshman Gov. Gavin...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 8, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

ACLU files suit on behalf of pregnant LA dockworkers

Oct. 7, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that a dockworkers' union and a shipping trade group discriminate against pregnant day workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed the suit Monday on behalf of three women who are non-union...

Judge OKs settlement of racial profiling suit in Mississippi

Oct. 3, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge approved a settlement Thursday in a police racial profiling lawsuit that African American residents filed against a majority-white Mississippi county, and a plaintiff said it will return “humanity” to those subjected to harsh treatment. The American Civil...

ACLU challenges deportation of man to El Salvador

Oct. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that the federal government return a Salvadoran man to the United States after he was deported despite a court order allowing him to remain here. In its brief filed Wednesday, the ACLU of New Hampshire said that José Daniel...

ACLU suit seeks damages for separated immigrant families

Oct. 3, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking potentially millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of immigrant families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU and other attorneys filed a lawsuit in Tucson against...

More benefits planned for some Oklahoma death row inmates

Oct. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some of the 44 death row inmates housed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester will soon be moved from the prison’s maximum-security H-Unit to another unit to give them more benefits and access to the outdoors, the state’s new prisons boss said. In a letter...

Key Trump asylum policies are tested in appeals court

Oct. 1, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union sparred Tuesday before a federal appeals court on two major changes to the rules of asylum, a backwater topic in immigration policy debates until the president made it a crucial part of his agenda. A three-judge...