Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Defending democracy continues beyond the Jan. 6 hearings writes Lawyers' Committee CEO and President Damon T. Hewitt.
Education is supposedly the great equalizer, but equality has yet to be realized.
Not waiting for the Biden administration to defend the case or find another remedy, the group filed a motion to intervene. According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the group sees Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan as a viable step toward addressing “ decades of well-documented discrimination at the hands of the USDA.”
The initial response from the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been to downplay the incident as business as usual, raising more significant issues concerning border patrol efforts. A government that prides itself on freedom and equity defending the violent actions of horseback patrols speaks volumes.
During an early afternoon call that discussed the legality of the case, representatives for the ACLU and the Lawyers' Committee relayed the far-reaching disparities caused by the alleged illegal practice, one that leads to debtors' prisons, disproportionately affecting people of color.
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