American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. " Officially nonpartisan, the organization has been supported and criticized by liberal and conservative organizations alike. The ACLU works through litigation and lobbying and it has over 1,200,000 members and an annual budget of over $100 million.
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  • ACLU Of Ohio Asks Court To Block Controversial Abortion Ban Permanently

    ACLU Of Ohio Asks Court To Block Controversial Abortion Ban Permanently

    The ACLU of Ohio is asking a federal court to permanently block a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Pro-choice advocates had secured an order to temporarily stop the so called “heartbeat law” from going into effect as planned in July. Here's what is happening with the latest court filing.  Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio, says the federal court blocked the ban from going into effect in July. And she says the state hasn't fought that. “The state had an opportunity to appeal that ruling but it let the date to file an appeal come and go without doing anything," Levenson says. So, Levenson says her group is asking the court to permanently block the law, as

  • Asylum Seekers Pursue National Order Barring New Constraints

    Asylum Seekers Pursue National Order Barring New Constraints

    (Bloomberg) -- Lawyers representing migrants asked a federal judge in California to reinstate a nationwide order that blocked the Trump administration from preventing some Central Americans from applying for asylum in the U.S.The administration last month imposed new restrictions on the asylum seekers, barring them from requesting protection if they traveled through another country on their way to the U.S. unless they already tried and failed to receive asylum there. The judge then issued the order blocking the new rules across the country.A three-judge appeals-court panel in San Francisco upheld that order for California and Arizona, the border states in its jurisdiction, but said it couldn’t be applied nationally, including in the border states of New Mexico and Texas.On Monday, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center asked the lower-court judge to consider evidence that the nationwide injunction should be reinstated, arguing asylum seekers face “grave harm” because they frequently don’t enter the country and complete their proceedings in one state.“An asylum seeker may enter the U.S. through Texas, have a credible-fear interview in New Jersey and ultimately apply for asylum in California,” the groups said.(Updates with details and context starting in third paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at, Peter Jeffrey, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.