The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit this past Wednesday on behalf of three activists against President Donald Trump’s administration, accused of harassing and monitoring immigrant advocates for their work on the southern border.
Alleged victims are Alex Mensin and Jeff Valenzuela, members of the group Pueblo Sin Frontera, which has helped organize several caravans of Central Americans who have reached the border with Mexico and deserved President Trump’s order to send National Guard troops there.
The third person in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tucson, is Ana Adlerstein, a reporter and activist who lives in the Ajo community in southern Arizona.
All three claim to be victims of harassment and surveillance, especially by agents from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
In the brief, the ACLU presented federal government documents as evidence that the Trump Administration constantly monitors the work of organizations working on behalf of immigrants along the border.
The ACLU asks the federal court for an order directing the government to immediately cease any arrest or questioning, or to try to physically impede the work of activists.
All plaintiffs are U.S. citizens and work primarily on the Arizona-California border.