Court urged to halt Trump’s military ban

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The ACLU has called for an immediate injunction against Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops pushed ahead by the Defense Secretary James Mattis. ACLU attorney Chase Santiago, the former lawyer of Chelsea Manning, announced a new legal battle saying:L “Today we are filing a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to put an immediate stop to the President’s ban to ensure that the harms to our clients and the thousands of other transgender individuals serving our country are rectified immediately.” The filing argues for the injunction on the basis that their Constitutional case against it is likely to succeed, adding that “the Transgender Service Member Ban cannot survive any level of scrutiny”. ACLU insists: “Now her medical care has already been cancelled and she risks losing everything. And for what? Because the president decided to do the military ‘a favour’ and end transgender service without having to study it. Transgender people are not pawns in a political game. Our lives, our health care, our work cannot be erased with a tweet. We will not let that happen, and we are heading to court to stop it.”

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