U.S. Attorney General unlawfully repealed six significant civil rights documents with no explanation
SAN FRANCISCO (April 5, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he had filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions over Sessions’ decision to rescind civil rights protections for youth, immigrants, the poor, people of color and people with disabilities.
In December 2017 Sessions rescinded 25 U.S. Department of Justice guidance documents, which set forth the federal government’s interpretation of various laws. Sessions claimed that the documents were “unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.” However, slipped into the mix of the 25 repealed documents were six significant civil rights documents for which the Department of Justice has provided no meaningful explanation for their repeal as required by law under the Administrative Procedure Act. The department has also refused to disclose who was on a task force that selected the documents for repeal. [Read more]
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