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Immigration Law

Twitter Sues DHS Over Free Speech, @ALT_USCIS Account ID

Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post, Apr. 6, 2017 - "Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday to block an order [subpoena] from the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to reveal the user of an account who has been critical of the Trump administration's immigration policies.  Tweets from the account -- @ALT_uscis -- indicate that it is run by someone who is an employee of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of Homeland Security.  Free speech advocates said the DHS order appeared to be the first time the government has attempted to use its powers to expose an anonymous critic -- a development that, if successful, would have a "grave chilling effect on the speech of that account" as well as other accounts critical of the U.S. government, Twitter said.  DHS is "unlawfully abusing a limited-purpose investigatory tool" to find out who is behind the @ALT_uscis account, according to Twitter's court filings."