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A federal judge has blocked the Department of Justice from sharing data with the FBI on individuals who have been ordered to register as potential terrorists.
The judge in Seattle, Washington, issued an order on Friday that the Justice Department can’t share the names of individuals ordered to undergo fingerprint and biometric screenings as part of President Donald Trump’s executive order to implement a temporary ban on all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Federal prosecutors say the move would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, and are seeking to block the DOJ from sharing the names with the bureau.
In a motion filed in federal court, attorneys for the Justice and FBI argued that sharing the identities of individuals who’ve been ordered into a new screening program would allow the bureau to conduct “unnecessary and intrusive searches” on the basis of race and religion, a claim that was rejected by the judge.
The DOJ argues that because the program does not require individuals to have a criminal record, it’s not a violation of the Americans With Disabilities and Civil Rights Act, which requires law enforcement agencies to obtain an individual’s consent before sharing their name or any identifying information with federal law enforcement.
The lawsuit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Jewish Committee, claims the order violates the Constitution’s due process clause.
The Department of Homeland Security has not yet released the names, but has said the government would be releasing them soon.
“While we disagree with the judge’s decision, we remain committed to protecting the privacy of the American people and our lawful immigrant communities, and we will vigorously defend the court’s decision,” DHS spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled on Friday to block an order that would have allowed the FBI to use the names and fingerprints of anyone ordered into the new biometric system for attendees at public events.
The decision came a day after the Justice department sent a letter to the state of Hawaii and the state attorney general saying that the state and city would have to comply with the order.
In the letter, the attorneys for Hawaii said that the government has the legal authority to compel a city to disclose its fingerprints, and that the Attorney General and the Department are also in a position to obtain the name and fingerprints for the city.
Hawaii was the first state to implement the new screening system, which will be phased in over the next two years.
Under the order, the DOJ said it would be sharing the fingerprints with the local police department, which is expected to issue a “Notice of Use” to the city in the coming days.
In an earlier letter, Assistant Attorney General Thomas D. Perez argued that the order does not violate the Constitution because the government cannot compel individuals to identify themselves.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The state attorney of Hawaii did not respond to request for a comment.
In December, Hawaii and other states sued the Justice to block Trump’s travel ban, arguing that it was unlawful and violates the Americans’ Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
Trump signed an executive order in January that barred people from the seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspended the entry of all refugees and indefinitely barred entry to those who do not have valid visas.