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BREAKING: In a 9-4 ruling, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump's Muslim ban, recognizing that "on a human level, the Proclamation’s invisible yet impenetrable barrier denies the possibility of a complete, intact family to tens of thousands of Americans."

We won't stop fighting until the Muslim ban is defeated once and for all.

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It's bad enough to arrest kids based on flimsy evidence, but it’s hard to fathom keeping them locked up after the government’s own judges and caseworkers have said they should go home.

A judge said a 17-year-old native of El Salvador accused of being in MS-13 is not a safety risk, but authorities have refused to release him.
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Every day that passes without Congress passing the Dream Act, Jackie Lozano is more afraid her family will be torn apart by deportation.

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One more reminder that not even the military supports banning transgender people from serving.

Emails newly obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal the surprise for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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A federal immigration law criminalizes important forms of immigration-related speech. We argued in court last week that it’s unconstitutional.

As wildfires raged across Northern California last week, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took to Twitter to encourage those in need to seek shelter, even if they didn’t have lawful immigration status.Senator Harris’s desire to protect all her constituents is admirable. It also may be a crime.
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ACLU
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Criminalizing poverty is unconstitutional.

In late December, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded crucial guidance that advised courts not to unfairly punish people simply for being poor. While Sessions furthers the criminalization of poverty, Ohio’s chief justice is reminding her judges that the people who pass through their courtroom...
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Two-thirds of the U.S. population resides within the 100-mile Border Zone. That includes large cities like NYC, Chicago, and LA, as well as entire states, like Florida.

As Trump's deportation machine ramps up, knowing your rights is a must.

On Jan. 19, two Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus at a Fort Lauderdale station and proceeded to question passengers row by row. The bus, traveling from Orlando to Miami, had not crossed any international borders. Despite its domestic route, the agents interrogated passengers, ultimately d...
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Globally, only two countries allow for-profit bail bond companies: the Philippines and the U.S.

Chances are you’ve never heard of Bermuda-based insurance investment conglomerate Randall & Quilter and its wholly owned Florida-based company Accredited Surety.
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Without an ID showing the right gender, trans people must navigate the world in constant fear.

Many people use a driver’s license or other ID without giving it much thought. We carry it with us when we drive and show it if we get pulled over. We use it to get into a bar, board an airplane, or open a bank account. We use it to rent a car, pick up prescriptions, buy beer, claim a senior citiz...
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A retired judge sentenced a teenager to 241 years in prison. She now believes her sentence was unconstitutional.

This piece originally appeared at The Washington Post. “You will die in the Department of Corrections.” Those are the words I spoke as a trial judge in 1997 when I sentenced Bobby Bostic to a total of 241 years in prison for his role in two armed robberies he committed when he was just 16 years ...
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We're heading to trial on March 6, challenging Kobach's citizenship law which blocked more than 35,000 Kansans from registering to vote.

For almost a year, Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, has struggled to hide the truth about his efforts to lobby the Trump administration to make it much harder for Americans to vote. Part of that struggle ended today when a federal court ordered excerpts of Kris Kobach’s testimony dis...
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Statistics confirm what common sense already tells us: A child without a lawyer has almost no chance of winning a complex asylum case.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit issued a truly brutal decision, concluding that the Constitution did not require the government to provide a lawyer to a 15-year-old Honduran boy facing deportation.
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The grand jury indictment of Russian agents details a broad conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

WASHINGTON — The grand jury indictment that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained today against Russian organizations and individuals details specific examples of Russian agents using social media, “to encourage U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or to vote...
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What we choose to remember speaks volumes.

If we want to understand the state of race in America, we need to know our past — particularly the painful parts.
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Unsurprisingly, allowing warrantless searches everywhere within 100 miles of the border leads to much abuse.

The Border Patrol performs many useful functions, but its excessive leeway for warrantless searches can be unconstitutional ...
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