On Friday, the Brennan Center filed suit to halt President Trump’s third attempt to institute the “Muslim Ban” promised during his presidential campaign, on behalf of six American Muslim plaintiffs for whom the order has devastating consequences.
The USA Liberty Act’s primary reform is an effort to address the so-called “backdoor search loophole” by requiring U.S. officials to obtain a warrant before accessing the content of Americans’ communications in criminal cases, unless the government’s primary purpose was to obtain foreign intelligence information.
The brief argues that “third-party doctrine,” which negates privacy protections for data held by a third-party service provider, should not apply to cell phone location information. The doctrine is a poor fit for the digital age.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld an injunction against President Trump’s highly contested travel ban that targets six Muslim majority countries and blocks refugees from around the world.
On May 4, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a request for emergency approval of a new information collection initiative that would enable consular officials to collect additional information from immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants.
Donald Trump’s vitriolic anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric was a preview for an unprecedentedly Islamophobic administration. This analysis identifies how the president and his White House staff have targeted Muslims, tangibly harming the American Muslim community.