ACSBlog

  • August 23, 2017
    Guest Post

    by Matthew Segal, legal director, ACLU of Massachusetts

    The Trump Administration has embarked on a campaign of voter suppression. Its actions, including creating a Voter “Integrity” Commission fueled by false claims of voter fraud, and filing a brief defending Ohio’s voter purges, seems not just destined but designed to keep Americans from voting. This campaign risks eroding the voting rights of historically disenfranchised groups of people not only overtly but also insidiously, in ways that go well beyond any single voter suppression measure.

    The insidious nature of these efforts is that they draw our collective attention to malicious attempts to keep people of color and young people from exercising their right to vote. This focus, in turn, can desensitize us to disenfranchisement that is needless, yet not malicious.

  • August 23, 2017

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    During a rally in Phoenix, Arizona last night, President Trump criticized the process by which a federal court convicted controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of criminal contempt and hinted that a pardon may be forthcoming, saying, “I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine. Okay? But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. Is that okay? All right? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.” Trump had previously indicated that he was “seriously considering a pardon” for the former Arizona sheriff.

  • August 22, 2017

    by Kyle Barry, Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 

    ***This piece was originally posted on Medium 

    In tweets and statements, Senate Republicans have emphatically distanced themselves from President Trump’s morally bankrupt response to the violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. When Trump blamed “both sides” and said that “many fine people” were among the torch-bearing neo Nazis, the bipartisan rebuke was swift. Jeff Flake said that “we cannot accept excuses for white supremacy.” Orrin Hatch said that “we should never hesitate to call out hate whenever and wherever we see it.” And Lindsey Graham criticized Trump for responding in a way that earned “praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country.”

  • August 21, 2017
    Guest Post

    by Ryan Snow, University of Virginia School of Law ‘18

    I wasn’t there. I was still in DC finishing an internship. I woke up on Saturday feeling tense and nervous. As soon as I pulled up the news on my phone and saw the footage of the torch-lit rally and attack at the Rotunda Friday night, I knew I should have been there to help defend my community and values. Instead, I could only watch in frustration and horror as the images and videos streamed in.

  • August 21, 2017
    Guest Post

    by Dr. Caroline Poplin, Counsel & Medical Director, Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC

    This Supreme Court apparently believes it should never question a presidential claim of national security, no matter how weak, no matter how broad, even if it involves refugees fleeing war and persecution.

    Lest we forget, the United States was founded by the Pilgrims, a heretical Protestant group fleeing threats of imprisonment and execution in Jacobean England.

    In Trump’s first executive order, popularly called the Muslim travel ban, the president suspended the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, halted admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely and reduced the total number of refugees to be admitted for 2017 to 50,000 from the 110,000 authorized by President Obama.