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Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

Federal court calls FBI to account for the unlawful imprisonment of U.S. citizen Abdullah al-Kidd

By Dror Ladin, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project & Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:42am
Abdullah al-Kidd is a Kansas-born American citizen, a father, and a graduate of the University of Idaho where he was a star football player.  And in 2003, he became the victim of the FBI’s misuse of a little-known federal law to imprison him without charges.  He was arrested and imprisoned under harsh conditions for more than two weeks—even though the FBI had no probable cause to believe he had done anything wrong.  The ACLU represents Mr. al-Kidd in his effort to hold the government accountable for its violation of his rights.  Last week, the federal district court in Idaho issued two long-awaited decisions calling the FBI to account for Mr. al-Kidd’s unlawful arrest.
For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

For U.S. Citizen Caught in Immigration Web, a Step Towards Justice

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:45pm

Should a mother have to spend the night in a jail cell – with no warrant, no probable cause, and no opportunity to contest her detention – just because the feds want to investigate her immigration status? We think the answer is clearly no. Wednesday…

ICE's New Policy Doesn't Fix the Constitutional Problems with Detainers

ICE's New Policy Doesn't Fix the Constitutional Problems with Detainers

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 2:07pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that its recently announced new policy on immigration detainers is a major step toward “smarter immigration enforcement,” and it seems to have convinced some editorial boards that that’s…

Immigration Dragnet Sweeps Up Domestic Violence Victims

By Kate Desormeau, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 6:09pm

States across the country are pushing back against the Obama administration, challenging the Department of Homeland Securities' (DHS) so-called "Secure Communities" program. The governors of three states — Illinois, New York, and…

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