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Trump Refused To Turn Over Giuliani Travel Ban Memo By Court-Ordered Deadline: ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took a hit at Donald Trump on Saturday for ignoring a court order that demanded him to release a memo that was drafted under Rudy Giuliani’s guidance. The memo outlined a plan to instrument a travel ban without making it seem like it was directed strictly at Muslims.

A Detroit judge demanded the Trump administration to send out the memo by the 19th of May. According to ACLU, Trump did not meet the Friday deadline.

“If, as the administration claims, the Executive Order is not a Muslim Ban, then why is the administration refusing to turn over the Giuliani memo? What is in that document that the government doesn’t want the court to see?” Miriam Aukerman, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Michigan, said in a statement.

When the ban was first implemented, both the ACLU and the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) challenged it in federal court.

The founder of the ACRL, Nabih Ayad, argued that the memo will help “shed light on the intentions behind the President’s Executive Order.”

“And if those intentions support the public statements that Mr. Giuliani made about looking for a legal explanation for a ban on Muslims, the court needs to know this,” Ayad added.

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