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Sept. 14, 2016
The following statement may be attributed to Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director:
Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court Judge agreed with the ACLU: Indiana Governor Mike Pence's attempt to stop Syrian refugees from settling in Indiana is unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of national origin and the directive violates federal law.
Today our legal team, led by ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk, represented a nonprofit refugee resettlement organization, Exodus Refugee Immigration, before a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.
The panel included Judges Richard Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook and Diane S. Sykes. Indiana Solicitor General Tom Fisher represented the Governor and the State of Indiana.
Today's panel asked many questions, such as, "When Indiana says it is only banning refugees from Syria but not on the basis of their national origin, the only response can be a broad smile," and, "The Governor of Indiana knows more about refugees than the State Department does?"
The judges were highly critical of the State's reasoning and defense of the Governor's actions. It is next to impossible to determine how a Court may decide based upon its interaction with lawyers during arguments. However, we are optimistic that the State of Indiana will not be able to discriminate against refugees fleeing violence and war on the basis of national origin. We anticipate a decision within the next few months.
Case information: Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Pence, et al.Appellate Cause No. 16-1509
Please check back here for a link to the oral arguments after the Court posts them online.
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Sept. 16, 2016
Constitution Day recognizes the anniversary of the signing of the document that unites us as a people.
It is the Constitution's birthday, but today 1,000 lucky people on Monument Circle in Indianapolis received a present: a pocket Constitution they can keep on-hand for quick access to our rights and shared values.
Every year the ACLU celebrates Constitution Day. Every day it is our job to hold government accountable to the promises of the Constitution. We have defended Constitutional rights countless times, for almost 100 years, including on behalf of the following organizations that joined us today and the individuals they serve: Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Freedom Indiana, Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Immigrant Welcome Center, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.
Sept. 15, 2016
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit today under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act on behalf of a woman who for the past two years was excluded from attending her child's Christmas program because the venue did not accommodate her wheelchair.
"People with disabilities are not second-class citizens and governmental entities may not have programs that exclude them," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana Legal Director.
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Sept. 12, 2016
Indianapolis– The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will join several community partners to distribute 1,000 pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions to the public and hold a voter registration drive on Constitution Day, Friday, Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
"The ACLU's role is to protect the rights of everyone, and we are thrilled that more people than ever are expressing an interest in their constitutional rights and the rights of their neighbors, said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar.
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July 7, 2016
Indianapolis – New ultrasound requirements passed into law on July 1 are being challenged today in a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, national ACLU and national Planned Parenthood on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The new restrictions, for which there is no medical justification, create an undue burden on a woman's right to obtain an abortion protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
July 6, 2016
Today the ACLU of Indiana released this statement in response to reports that the City of Beech Grove will shut down its social media sites at 12 p.m. EST today:
"While the City of Beech Grove's decision to shut down its Facebook pages is unfortunate, we hope it is a temporary measure taken toward implementing a policy that ensures fair and equal treatment of its citizens' diverse viewpoints," said Jan Mensz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney. "Beech Grove is certainly not unique in its endeavor to provide public spaces for comment. Many municipalities use social media sites in ways that respect the rights of citizens to express differing viewpoints, as is their right under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These were the rights our plaintiffs were seeking in this case, and there is nothing in the lawsuit that forces the city to shut down its social media sites."