The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit April 12, 2017, demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans.
The action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Indiana lawsuit is seeking records from its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office. In particular, the lawsuit seeks records related to CBP's implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans at Indianapolis International Airport.
The ACLU first sought this information through FOIA requests submitted to CBP on February 2. Since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing.
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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS—Groups that fight against discrimination and stand up for the rights and protections of all individuals, including the ACLU of Indiana, Brothers United of Indianapolis, Sisters United of Indianapolis, Freedom Indiana, and Indiana Youth Group, came together today and spoke in solidarity against the Trump administration's rescission, yesterday, of Title IX guidelines issued by President Obama in May of 2016.
"We are deeply disappointed by the Trump administration's decision to roll back guidance that simply urges schools to treat transgender students with the same respect and dignity as their classmates," said Kit Malone, Transgender Education and Advocacy Program Consultant, ACLU of Indiana. "Transgender students face discrimination in schools and experience worse educational outcomes, and poorer psychological well-being, than their peers. We should be fighting to protect our nation's children instead of turning our backs on them."
Since Election Day, the ACLU has seen a renewed sense of urgency from hundreds of thousands of Americans to protect civil liberties.
We are a great country.
We have a genius Constitution that gives us the mechanisms with which to correct ourselves over and over again. It gives us core values that guide us through that difficult process: fairness, equality, and freedom. It is a great system, though not perfect. And, it has held America together for more than 200 years.
The ACLU has an important role to play in that system. We cannot steer America through this alone. But we are essential. We have to play our part. The ACLU and the people who do and support this work have taken on that responsibility in the past. We will continue to take on that responsibility when liberties are threatened.
We hope all candidates and leaders at every level of government will re-examine their campaign rhetoric in light of the awesome power and responsibility of the offices to which they have been elected.
Should President-elect Trump try to enact or carry out any unconstitutional policies or actions, we will be ready to challenge him and Congress. We hope you will be there with us, ready to help us hold our leaders accountable to the promises of the Constitution.
We cannot express enough how grateful we are for the wonderful people who stand with us, resolute that the liberties we hold dear will not be forsaken. Thank you so, so much for your good hearts.
The staff of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana
Oct. 24, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is deeply saddened by the passing of former executive director Barbara Williamson, age 74, on Oct. 8. Williamson led the ACLU of Indiana from 1973 to 1979 after having volunteered at the organization. During her tenure, the then ICLU won an injunction that allowed it to rent a booth at the Indiana State Fair after it had been denied that right for being "too controversial." Under her leadership, the ICLU also successfully took on the Indiana Textbook Commission's efforts to add an overtly creationist textbook to the biology curriculum.
More about Williamson's work at the ACLU of Indiana can be found here: http://www.aclu-in.org/about/our-history/46-reflections-from-former-aclu-of-indiana-executive-directors.
Barbara Williamson's obituary may be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=181886956.