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ACLU files for documents on implementation of Trump's Muslim ban

The RI ACLU joined other chapters to file this FOIA request for documents related to the Trump administration's implementation of the travel ban ACLU files for documents on implementation of Trump's Muslim ban
Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2017, 04:21

The filing is part of a coordinated effort from four ACLU affiliates in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Legal battles in the days after the order was signed have resulted in federal courts limiting the scope of the ban, but there have been concerns that officials are not abiding by the court instructions. According to a release, 50 ACLU affiliates nationwide have filed 18 FOIAs with Customs and Border Protection field offices and its headquarters, spanning 55 worldwide airports across the country.

Through the FOIA requests, "the ACLU seeks information regarding CBP's implementation of the Executive Order at worldwide airports in the United States".

As the ACLU and immigration attorneys went to court to block the deportation of people held under the order, there were reports of CBP officers refusing to comply or even read the order and of people being deported in violation of court orders. Fifty ACLU affiliates from nearly every state took part in the FOIA requests to get information regarding how exactly the ban is being executed.

The Trump administration has yet to inform the public of how many refugees, visa holders, and legal permanent residents have been affected by this action.

"Kansans deserve to know whether federal immigration officials in our area are acting in accordance with the rule of law, or whether they are defying it to implement an unconstitutional and immoral Muslim ban", said Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Kansas. Confusion ensued at airports across the country as administration officials tried to determine who the ban applied to.

Several hearings on requests for preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders against the presidential executive order were scheduled across the country today, including in Massachusetts, Washington and NY. Additionally, the ACLU requested data on the number of individuals who are or were detained at worldwide airports, including those who were released, placed in immigration detention or removed from the country.