August 30, 2018

NEW YORK – The Trump administration is reportedly denying passports to Americans living on the United States-Mexico border. The ACLU challenged passport denials a decade ago, forcing a government settlement, but according to the Washington Post, denials appear to be surging under the Trump administration.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“The Trump administration’s attempt to deny passports to long-term American residents living in border areas is just one more inhumane act in a series of unlawful actions. We’re investigating and exploring possible legal steps.”

Andre Segura, legal director of the ACLU of Texas, said:

“For South Texans, a passport is a necessary part of life. These communities work, shop, seek medical care, and have families on both sides of the border. The ACLU challenged this practice a decade ago to ensure that arbitrary and discriminatory passport denials would stop. We cannot let such a blatant attack on the civil rights of Americans stand.”

This statement is at: https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-comment-trump-administrations-denial-passports-americans-border

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