The Minnesota ACLU wants to know if anyone has been turned away at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in connection to President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The chapter said Wednesday it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, demanding documents related to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's implementation of the travel ban, noting "very little information" has been released on whether anyone was turned away or detained at MSP Airport since the travel ban went into effect earlier this year.
"It is important that we know how people are being treated when they travel to Minnesota. Everyone should be treated respectfully and legally," ACLU-MN's Interim Legal Director John Gordon said in a statement. "The government is bound by law to release information about the treatment of people at the borders and we are very disappointed that we have to file a lawsuit in order to get access to it. Transparency of government action is important to ensure that everyone's rights are respected."
The Minnesota ACLU's lawsuit is part of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLUs across the U.S. this week that demand any records relating to the local Customs and Border Protection agencies implementation of the ban, including texts, voicemails, emails, contracts, directives and training documents.
The ACLU says it first sought information related to the travel ban through a FOIA request submitted to the customs agency back on Feb. 2, but it hasn't heard back so it is suing, a news release says.
Where does the travel ban stand?
President Trump signed an executive order in late January that temporarily blocked people from several predominantly Muslim countries from coming to the U.S., but a judge put it on hold, questioning the constitutionality of it.
Trump ended up issuing a new immigration order in March, but judges moved to block that one, too.
The Trump administration is appealing the judges' orders, and arguments in those cases will be heard in May, The Hill reports.