ACLU Sues Three Government Agencies for Targeting Immigration Activists

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An activist wearing a t-shirt reading “Undocumented and Unafraid” speaks at a rally to protest president Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA in Downtown Portland, Oregon, on September 5th, 2017 (Shutterstock).

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has filed a lawsuit against three government agencies for allegedly surveilling and detaining immigrant activists at the border. 

The complaint, filed by the organization in the US District Court for the Central District of California on July 23, states that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) targeted activists Erika Da Cruz Pinheiro, Nora Elizabeth Phillips, and Nathaniel Garrett Dennison for “detention and interrogation” through a “secret investigative program designed to monitor these humanitarian workers… and impede their ability to travel.” 

“It’s terrifying,” Pinheiro, an attorney with the immigrant rights’ organization Al Otro Lado, told The Guardian. “This…

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