Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Mississippi ACLU asks cities to repeal panhandling penalties

Jul. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is asking 16 cities in the state to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The organization said in a news release Wednesday that the request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center on...

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Jul. 16, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their...

ACLU of Nebraska launches website for transgender people

Jul. 16, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who identify as transgender now have a website where they can get state-specific information about their rights and available resources. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Monday launched a new website, transNebraska.org . It was funded in part by the...

New Hampshire to end 'pay to stay' for inmates

Jul. 16, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is ending its practice of billing inmates and former inmates for the cost of their incarceration. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a measure last week repealing a 1996 law that allowed the state to seek such payments, which have amounted to an average of $102,000 per...

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...

Longtime executive director of ACLU of Arkansas retiring

Jul. 15, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is retiring after nearly three decades heading the group. The ACLU of Arkansas on Monday announced the retirement of Rita Sklar, who has served as the organization's executive director since 1992. The group...

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...