ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits against Government Related to Travel Ban*
By Yessenia Funes
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) officially filed 13 separate lawsuits today (April 12) after the federal government did not respond to its 18 Freedom of Information Act requests for information on the administration’s “Muslim ban” in February.
The lawsuits demand records from local U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of Homeland Security offices to learn how specific municipalities (including Baltimore, Detroit and Seattle) implemented the travel ban on-the-ground at airports and other ports of entry.
“CBP has a long history of ignoring its obligations under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a law that was enacted to ensure that Americans have timely access to information of pressing public concern,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, a staff attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, in the press release.
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