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First Amendment

Twitter Users Sue to Enjoin the President’s Twitter Blocking Based on Political Viewpoint

On Tuesday, a civil action was filed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and seven blocked Twitter users, asserting that President Trump and his staff are violating the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter based on their viewpoints. 

Refugees

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has announced in a letter to Department of Justice staff that the Department will not be enforcing President Trump's executive order excluding immigrants and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United States.

The letter is included below and is also available here.

Refugees

Donald Trump’s Executive Order Suspending Immigrant and Refugee Entry to the US

A summary of Donald Trump's executive order instituting a suspension of entry to the U.S. and issuances of visas for people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (earlier designated as “areas of concern” under the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act). 

Donald Trump

Habeas Petition Challenges Refugee Executive Order as Unconstitutional

Two Iraqi refugees detained at JFK International Airport have filed a habeas petition challenging President Trump's executive order restricting refugee and immigrant entry into the United States as unconstitutional in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

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