Tag: American Civil Liberties Union

Calamity at a Brooklyn Jail

ImageThe Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where inmates had been forced to remain in their cells without reliable heat, hot food or showers for the better part of a week.CreditStephen Speranza for The New York Times Locked away in dark and freezing cells with little heat for days, left to […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Revive Trump Policy Limiting Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday refused to revive a Trump administration initiative barring migrants who enter the country illegally from seeking asylum. The court was closely divided, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the four-member liberal wing in turning down the administration’s request for a stay […]

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Curbing Speech in the Name of Helping Israel

One of the more contentious issues involving Israel in recent years is now before Congress, testing America’s bedrock principles of freedom of speech and political dissent. It is a legislative proposal that would impose civil and criminal penalties on American companies and organizations that participate in boycotts supporting Palestinian rights […]

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Lawmakers Consider Adding Measure Protecting Israel to Languishing Spending Bills

WASHINGTON — Just days away from a partial government shutdown, lawmakers are weighing adding a contentious measure to a stymied spending package that would keep American companies from participating in boycotts — primarily against Israel — that are being carried out by international organizations. Critics of the legislation, including the […]

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Why Big Law Is Taking on Trump Over Immigration

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Corporate lawyers at Paul Weiss, a prestigious Manhattan law firm, often spend their days scouring the fine print of client documents and government regulations. But for the past few months, they have been on […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Proclamation Targeting Some Asylum Seekers

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States, dealing at least a temporary setback to the president’s attempt to clamp down on a huge wave of Central Americans crossing […]

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Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis

Public safety, national security and the rule of law are among the incantations the Trump administration likes to chant when rolling out one of its deliberately and pointlessly cruel immigration policies. It evidently hopes that repetition will somehow insulate its actions from public or judicial scrutiny. President Trump’s newest proclamation, […]

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Kavanaugh Accuser Signed Letter Fighting Trump Border Enforcement

The woman accusing President Trump’s United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a “rape attempt” when the two were in high school previously signed a letter fighting Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—an open borders advocacy organization—letter was written and sent to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

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Some Separated Children Will Go Home, Despite Government’s Failure to Act

Nearly 600 children remain in government custody, including 410 who have had a parent deported, according to the filing. More than 300 are from Guatemala and another 100 are from Honduras. The rest are from El Salvador, Brazil and Romania, among other countries. The children from New York are among the first to be reunited […]

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With Deadline Hours Away, Authorities Scramble to Reunite Migrant Families

Danielle Bernard, a spokeswoman for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of two organizations working with the government on family reunifications, said her group, too, was feeling the time crunch of the court order. Ms. Bernard said that the organization’s two offices coordinating efforts in Arizona and New Mexico were given only a few days […]

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Tall Poppy aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit

For the nearly 20 percent of Americans who experience severe online harassment, there’s a new company launching in the latest batch of Y Combinator called Tall Poppy that’s giving them the tools to fight back. Co-founded by Leigh Honeywell and Logan Dean, Tall Poppy grew out of the work that Honeywell, a security specialist, had […]

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Court Orders Temporary Halt to Migrant Family Deportations

A federal judge in California on Monday temporarily blocked the government from deporting families who were recently reunited after being separated by immigration authorities at the Southwest border. Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the Federal District Court in San Diego granted a request to allow families extra time to discuss the “momentous” and “exceedingly complex” […]

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The Twilight of Free Speech Liberalism

Last March, Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, stepped onstage for a “resistance training” event with 2,000 volunteers packed into an arena at the University of Miami. It had been seven weeks since Donald Trump took office. Now, Romero said, it was time for the volunteers to join the group […]

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Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus. In a lengthy blog post about the potential uses and abuses of facial recognition, Bradford L. Smith, the company’s president, compared the technology to products like medicines and cars […]

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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop ‘Punitive and Ineffective Law Enforcement Program’ That Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline 

Photo: iStock Prior to a few years ago, I had never heard of a preschool student being suspended from school. The idea made no sense to me. How could a 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old child who is still learning the basics of sitting still for more than five minutes at a time possibly learn anything […]

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Is This a Youth Diversion Program or School-to-Prison Pipeline Feeder System? 

Photo: iStock Prior to a few years ago, I had never heard of a preschool student being suspended from school. The idea made no sense to me. How could a 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old child who is still learning the basics of sitting still for more than five minutes at a time possibly learn anything […]

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Most Migrant Children Under 5 Won’t Be Reunited With Parents by Deadline, A.C.L.U. Says

LOS ANGELES — Fewer than half of the migrant children under the age of 5 who were forcibly separated from their parents at the border are likely to be reunited by a court-imposed deadline, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday after spending the weekend conferring with government lawyers. Justice Department lawyers have produced a […]

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Trump Administration Says It Needs More Time to Reunite Migrant Families

LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration has asked a federal judge for more time to reunite families that were separated by immigration authorities at the southwest border, highlighting the challenge of connecting parents and children who have in some cases been detained thousands of miles apart and whose familial relationships are difficult to establish. In […]

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Feature: The A.C.L.U.’s Fight to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump

Since Trump took office, the A.C.L.U. has taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions.” There have been formal calls for investigation, administrative and ethics complaints and requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. There have also been 83 lawsuits, more than at any other equivalent time in its history — in defense of immigrants and […]

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Border Patrol Agents Shut Down Highways in Maine and New Hampshire With Checkpoints

Border Patrol officers have long come under criticism for why they decide to stop some people and not others. They have been accused of making subjective and arbitrary judgments. Customs and Border Protection instructs agents not to consider a person’s race or ethnicity. Agents are also barred from considering a person’s language, an issue that […]

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In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

Mr. Sinha, of the civil liberties union, said the only comparable video feeds with such unlimited access were those showing traffic or beach conditions. “This is expansive,” he said of the Newark program, “and its stated purpose is to have people snitch on one another.” Another Set of Eyes Officials say the cameras do not […]

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