News from the ACLU of LA
ACLU of Louisiana Files Brief In Support of Immigrants’ Right to Marry — Yesterday the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana filed a “friend-of-the-court” Amicus Brief in the case Vo v. Gee, challenging a state law that denies marriage licenses to foreign-born residents because of their inability to produce a birth certificate.
ACLU of Louisiana Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Immigration Ban — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s immigration ban, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from 50 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning over 55 international airports across the country.
ACLU of Louisiana Statement of Support for Muslims in Louisiana — The ACLU of Louisiana is committed to preserving the rights and freedoms of everyone in Louisiana. Our Muslim residents and visitors are no exception. We denounce President Trump’s bigoted, unconstitutional order barring refugees, immigrants, and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.
New Orleans Passes Municipal Bail Reform — The New Orleans City Council yesterday unanimously approved an ordinance that will eliminate bail for most nonviolent municipal offenses, becoming the first major city in the state to pass a meaningful bail reform plan. The fight for bail reform in New Orleans has been tirelessly led by the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC), of which the ACLU of Louisiana is a founding member.
Slidell Agrees to Temporary Suspension of Panhandling Ordinance — In a conference yesterday before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, the City of Slidell agreed not to enforce its requirement that panhandlers register with the police, pending the court’s ruling on the ordinance’s constitutionality. Based on that promise, the ACLU of Louisiana has agreed that its request for a preliminary injunction can be dismissed as moot.
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