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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities. It is demanding government documents detailing the implementation of executive orders temporarily banning travel from predominantly Muslim nations.

The ACLU first sought the information in February, “but since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing,” the civil liberties group said.

The complaints seek information from customs offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and a dozen other cities across the country with international airports.

The ACLU wants records such as text messages, voicemails, emails, contracts, directives and training documents related to the travel ban.

Each lawsuit seeks unique and local information regarding how CBP implemented the executive orders at specific airports and ports of entry in the midst of rapidly developing and sometimes conflicting government guidance, according to the ACLU.

“When Trump imposed his first Muslim ban, Customs and Border Patrol agents at LAX not only detained travelers for hours without proper access to food or places to sleep, they also withheld crucial information from family members and legal representatives,” Devon Porter, attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement.

“CBP is a government agency,” Porter said. “The public has a right to know why they implemented President Trump’s orders in a way that created such havoc.”

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the most current executive order that would have suspended the unrestricted entry of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somali, Sudan, Syria and Yemen into the U.S. for 90 days.

It followed an earlier executive order from President Donald Trump that was stopped by federal courts in early February.

CBP spokesman Ralph DeSio said that “as a matter of policy, CBP does not comment on pending litigation.”

The federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted to ensure timely access to information of public concern.

The implementation of Trump’s orders have been the subject of public concern, “as reflected by mass protests around the country, substantial news coverage and numerous lawsuits filed following the president’s signing of each executive order,” according to the lawsuit.

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  1. Greg Gadfly says:

    Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) employees setup a hit that went bad and inadvertently killed 40 Chinese citizens at the Lantern Festival in Beijing in 2004.

    The corrupt employees had taken bribes from Al Quida and needed to silence a person with information about it.

    Here is what happened.

    When I and a sales associate from the company I worked for arrived in Beijing, we met two local sales associates that worked in China. They had very good English skills and I assumed they were local sales.

    The local sales associates escorted us to a restaurant and strongly insisted we all drink to celebrate our arrival to China. This was just after a 13 hour flight. After many drinks and being awake for 30 hours I was extremely tired. That is when the local sales associates very strongly insisted that we all go to the Lantern festival.

    I could not believe they were insisting so strongly. It did not make sense since we needed to be at the office early the next day. After this strange argument we had about not wanting to go, myself and the sales associate I traveled with, went back to hotel.

    The next morning I turned on the local English version news, the hotel catered to international clients. I saw that 40 people were killed, many drowned when a stampede broke out at the Lantern festival. This was the festival the local sales associates insisted we go to. I was astonished.

    I met with my sales associate for breakfast and was about to say something about the incident, ” Did you see what happ..”, when he with a very serious look on his face shushed me. We never spoke about it again.

    After the incident we seemed to have a greater presence of tails (assumed Chinese Intel.) I got the impression it was not about being a suspect in the stampede but concerned for our safety.
    After I returned back to San Jose, I had to turn around the next day and fly to Washington DC where my parents lived. As I was walking through Reagan airport there was several people tailing me and they kept saying things under their breath like “good work” and “well done”.

    Back to work, just a week later, I am walking through the office in San Jose, the two local sales associates I met in Beijing were in the office. I thought to myself, how could they get a visa that quickly?

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