Blog of Rights


What's at Stake in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd

By Hannah Robbins, Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:30pm
This week ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project Deputy Director Lee Gelernt argued in the Supreme Court what some are calling "the most important case of the term." In Ashcroft v. al-Kidd, we seek to hold former Attorney General John Ashcroft responsible for the detention of Abdullah al-Kidd, an innocent American citizen who was wrongfully imprisoned under the material witness statute. The material witness statute is meant only to allow the government to briefly detain a witness to make sure he or she testifies in court. But in the wake of 9/11, Ashcroft enacted a widespread policy of abusing this limited power in order to arrest, jail, and interrogate citizens and non-citizens the government deemed suspicious, but against whom they had no evidence of wrongdoing. Al-Kidd is a victim of Ashcroft's unlawful policy.

ACLU Files Class Action Against Utah's "Show Me Your Papers" Law

By Hannah Robbins, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:25pm

Imagine: your family takes a road trip to Zion National Park in Utah. You’re only an hour away and didn’t notice the speed limit was reduced to 65mph. You see the flashing lights of a police cruiser and realize your mistake. …

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